Fine Books & Autographs: February 2021 Auction Highlights

Lot 23: Frederick Douglass, autograph letter signed, recruiting help for his paper after schism with Garrison, Rochester, 1851. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

At Auction February 25, 2021

Lot 22: James Dean, photograph signed and inscribed. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.


Americana, Lots 1 to 13

General, Lots 14 to 54

Including a run of medical autographs, scientists, Supreme Court justices, activists, world leaders, and others.

Presidents, Lots 55 to 66

Musicians, Lots 67 to 93

Writers & Artists, Lots 94 to 104

Left, Lot 89: Richard Wagner, autograph letter signed, requesting confirmation that the Grand Duke received his letter, 1863. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.

Lot 3: Benjamin Rush, autograph letter signed, doctor’s note for a Revolutionary soldier, 1780. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.
Lot 96: Lord Byron, autograph letter signed to Cambridge classmate, “your friendship is of more account to me than all these absurd vanities,” circa 1812. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.

Literature & Art Books

Charles Dickens, Lots 122 to 132

Fore-Edge Paintings, Lots 144 to 161

Art & Illustrated Books, Lots 226 to 269

Limited Editions Club, Lots 246 to 260

Left, Lot 173: Ernest Hemingway, Three Stories and Ten Poems, first edition of the author’s first book, Paris, 1923. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Lot 135: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, first English edition of the author’s first novel, signed, London, 1953. Estimate $1,800 to $2,500.
Lot 226: Joseph Albers, Interaction of Color, 80 color screenprints, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1963. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 185: Margery Lawrence, The Madonna of Seven Moons, first edition in unrestored dust jacket, Indianapolis, 1933. Estimate $800 to $1,200.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.

Previewing by Appointment Only Through Wednesday, February 24

There will not be bidding in the room, though we accept order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, which can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm. 

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact the specialist.


Marco Tomaschett

Specialist, Autographs

(212) 254-4710 ext. 12

John D. Larson

Specialist, Literature & Art Books

(212) 254-4710 ext. 61

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