Top Lots: 19th & 20th Century Literature

Thursday’s 19th & 20th Century Literature sale boasted a ninety percent sell-through rate, with highlights across all genres. The two top lots were courtesy of Modernist masters James Joyce and Elizabeth Bishop. One of the “Giant Joyce” limited edition copies of Ulysses sold for $15,600, while a copy of Poems North & South, with an original drawing and jacket design by Bishop, brought $7,800. 
Elizabeth Bishop, Poems North & South – A Cold Spring, first edition, inscribed, Boston, 1955.    
A first edition of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening sold for $4,320, establishing an auction record in the process. 
Kate Chopin, The Awakening, first edition, Chicago & New York, 1899.
Works from the nineteenth century were well represented, with strong showings by several extra-illustrated Charles Dickens novels. Many fine examples of works featuring notable English graphic humorists were met with enthusiasm, including a first edition, 3 volume set of The English Dance of Death and the Dance of Life with illustrations by Thomas Rowlandson. The set brought $3,360, nearly triple the high estimate.
Thomas Rowlandson, The English Dance of Death, with The Dance of Life, first editions, London, 1814-17.    
We hold biannual auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. Contact John D. Larson to consign quality materials to our next Books sale.