A Look Inside the Catalogue: 19th & 20th Century Literature

At Auction May 15

Cornerstones of science fiction from the Estate of Stanley Simon form the backbone of our May 15 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature; of special note is a run of first editions by Philip K. Dick. Additional highlights include first editions of the first works by marquee artists of the twentieth century, including Joseph Heller, Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King.

Nineteenth-century highlights include first editions of Emily Dickinson‘s first three books of poetry, and the first edition in fragile wrappers of Christabel: Kubla Khan, A Vision; The Pains of Sleep, 1816, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Complete Catalogue

Works from the Estate of Stanley Simon

Stanley Simon (1945-2017) of Flushing, Queens, was a passionate, dedicated, life-long collector of sci-fi, thriller and fantasy first editions as well as photography from the Golden Age of Hollywood. He worked at the Post Office for 30 years but always was intensely focused on his collections. Lots in this auction from the Estate of Stanley Simon are marked ESS.


king kong, marcel delgado, fay wray, first edition

Lot 298: Edgar Wallace & Merian C. Cooper, King Kong, first edition, association copy, signed & inscribed by Fay Wray & Marcel Delgado, New York, 1932 (ESS).
Estimate $4,500 to $6,000.



philip k. dick, ubik, first edition

Lot 108: Philip K. Dick, Ubik, first edition, signed, Garden City, 1969 (ESS).
Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.


philip k. dick, literature

Lot 105: Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, first edition, New York, 1968 (ESS). Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.



ray bradbury

Lot 25: Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, limited author’s edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, New York, 1953 (ESS). Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.



Stephen King


stephen king, first edition, auction

Lot 220: Stephen King, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, first edition, illustrated by Michael Whelan, signed by King & Whelan, West Kingston, RI, 1982 (ESS).
Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.


stephen king, first editions, the plant

Lot 224: Stephen King, The Plant, Parts I & II, first editions, signed & inscribed, Bangor, 1982-83. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.



Further Highlights


ernest hemingway, first book

Lot 193: Ernest Hemingway, Three Stories & Ten Poems, first edition of the author’s first book, Paris, 1923. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.


ernest hemingway, in our time, first edition

Lot 185: Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time, first trade edition, first printing, New York, 1925. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.


emily dickinson, first editions, poems

Lot 120: Emily Dickinson, first editions of the author’s first three books of Poems, Boston, 1890-96. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


anne frank, first edition

Lot 159: Anne Frank, Het Achterhuis, first edition, Amsterdam, 1947. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.


james joyce, finnegans wake, first edition

Lot 209: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, first edition, signed, London, 1939. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

Complete Catalogue 


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