Fine Books & Autographs: June 17, 2021 Auction Highlights

Lot 244: Pablo Neruda, Canto General, first edition, signed by Neruda and artists Rivera and Siquieros, Mexico City, 1950. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.


Lot 32: Thomas Edison, Typed Letter Signed, describing the work required to prepare the first phonograph in time for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, 1922. Estimate $3,500 to $5,000.


Lots 1 to 8


Including world leaders, revolutionaries, suffragists, astronauts, inventors, figures from labor history, medicine and more.

Lots 9 to 75


Lots 76 to 106

Lot 95: Abraham Lincoln, Autograph Letter Signed to Whig activist George W. Rives, replying to his request for a recommendation to a position in MN, Springfield, 1849. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Lot 125: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, three bars from Piano Concerto No. 2, 1933. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.


Lots 107 to 135


Lots 136 to 155


Lots 156 to 164

Lot 143: Thomas Mann, Autograph Letter Signed, to his children on their book about the culture of exiles, 1938. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 232: James Joyce, Ulysses, deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Literature & Art Books

Lot 211: Robert Frost, Collected Poems, author’s presentation copy, signed twice, with the entirety of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening inscribed in holograph, New York, 1930. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

19th & 20th Century Literature

Lots 165 to 270

Art, Press & Illustrated Books

Lots 271 to 315

Lot 297: Agnes Martin, Paintings and Drawings, complete set of 10 lithographs, 1990. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 273: Alighiero Boetti & Anne-Marie Sauzeau-Boetti, Classifying the thousand longest rivers in the world, limited edition, Italy, 1977. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.

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.


Sign up for Auction Updates to get email notifications about new catalogues, or download our Live Bidding App and enable push alerts.

How to Bid at Auction