Bukowski Typescript a highlight at the PBA auction
Berkeley, Calif. – PBA Galleries’ first auction of the year, Sale 752 held on January 13, saw an impressive 91% sell-through, with a large number of early bids on many many lots and competitive bids throughout the sale.
The sale consisted of over 450 lots of fine and ephemeral literature, including a wide selection of important literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, rare works from the counterculture and the Beat Generation, as well as a wide selection of works by Charles Bukowski. The sale also included a number of rare works in the fantasy, mystery and science fiction genres. Highlights included an original manuscript of an untold story by Charles Bukowski and a first edition by Frank Herbert Dunes. A number of other Dunes the volumes also brought impressive auction prices. A first edition of Beast of Tarzan signed by Edgar Rice Burroughs fetched a record price, as did a first edition by John Reed Ten days that shook the worldand Patricia Highsmith The Talented Mr. Ripley. A beautifully bound copy of John Ruskin’s Letters to Charles Eliot Norton by The Doves Bindery is exceptionally well executed. Works by John Steinbeck, Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein also enjoyed impressive hammer prices.
Bidding was fiery for the unique copy of John Ruskin’s Letters to Charles Eliot Norton beautifully bound by The Doves Bindery in full black morocco, decorated with gilding, spine with raised bands, compartments decorated with gilding, numbered and lettered in gilding; gilt lace, all edges gilt. The two volumes housed in custom two-piece red morocco slipcases with gold lettered spines by Rivière & Fils sold for $8,125.
An original unpublished Charles Bukowski typescript, “100 Dollar Stuff”, submitted to Robert Singer, for his ongoing literary journal which was to be called “Speed Fast Reading”. The diary never saw the light of day, and there is no record of the story appearing in newspapers or included in any published collection. This is probably the only extant copy of the work. The story about a visit by the narrator, a photographer for an adult magazine, to a woman in her home for a nude photo shoot was sold with a typed letter and a mailing envelope went to a lucky bidder for $6,250.
Eight paperback editions by Cormac McCarthy fetched a remarkable $4,062.50. All copies have been autographed and signed by McCarthy. Autographed copies of McCarthy titles in any edition are very rare.
Several literary classics were highly sought after. A first edition in an original dust jacket of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, Dunesgrossed $5,937.50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a first printing of one of the most influential books written, sold for $4062.50. A second signed print by Ernest Hemingway of his novel about the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls, grossed $3,437.50. The rare second edition of Herman Melville’s classic, Moby-Dickwent for $3437.50.
PBA Galleries holds fine, rare and collectible book sales every two weeks. We are currently accepting submissions for Fine Literature including Beats, Bukowski and Counterculture. For information regarding upcoming sales, consignments or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]