Sale of fine Potter & Potter books and manuscripts reaches 96% sale rate
Chicago – Potter and PotterThe early spring literary event was a bestseller in every way. After a long day of vigorous auctioning, 107 lots were sold for between $ 750 and $ 1,999; 50 lots made between $ 2,000 and $ 9,999; and 6 lots exceeded the five-digit mark. Prices shown include the 20% business buyer’s premium.
Notable letters from important and influential mid-century figures took the top spots in this sale.
• Lot # 275, a typed and signed letter from Albert Einstein to Mr. Sol Stein, was estimated between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000 and hands traded at $ 28,800. Dated March 10, 1954 and sent from Princeton, NJ, this one-page note, written in English on embossed personal writing paper, addressed the question: “What do you think about the nature of Communism and which are the best?” methods to combat its influence? “
• Lot # 529, a signed typed letter from novelist James Baldwin including an unpublished essay and literary review, was valued at $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 and fetched $ 14,400. This note, dated March 1956, bore the postmark of Paris and included its original envelope. He touched on many facets of the cultural and socio-economic challenges and realities faced by African Americans in the early days of post-war America.
Breathtaking 19th century books also did very well at this early spring event.
• Lot # 127, three volumes by JJ Audubon The quadrupeds of North America from 1854, it was estimated between 3,500 and 5,000 dollars and sold for 10,800 dollars. Published by VG Audubon in New York in 1854, this first octavo edition of Audubon’s final work contained 150 hand-colored lithographed plates from the folio 1845–48 edition of The viviparous quadrupeds of America, and five of the plates from the rare 1854 supplement to this work.
• Lot n ° 208, HF Cary’s Vision; or, Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, by Dante Alighieri from 1814 was estimated at $ 1,800-2,200 and sold for $ 5,040. Printed in London for Taylor and Hessey, this was the first complete English edition of the Divine comedy and the first precise commentary with about a third of the work devoted to notes.
• Lot 154, a six-volume, limited edition collection of Books about Books by AW Pollard, was valued between $ 600 and $ 800 and grossed $ 3,840. These were published in London by Kegan, Trench, Trübner & Co. in 1893-1894. Number 20 of 150 large paper copies made, all including Charles & Mary Elton’s The great book collectors; WJ Hardy Ex-libris; Falconer Madan Books in manuscript; EG Duff’s First printed books; AW Pollard’s First illustrated books; and HP Horne’s Book binding.
• Lot # 480, a first edition, first printing of both volumes of Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, life among the humble, was estimated to be between $ 3,500 and $ 5,000 and obtained a score of $ 9,000. It was published in 1852 in Boston by John P. Jewett & Co. This treasure has retained its fabric case and is accompanied by a note autographed by Stowe.
• Lot # 266, Gustave Doré and JF Michaud History of the Crusades was estimated between $ 200 and $ 300 and made $ 1,320. This two-volume set was printed in Philadelphia by George Barrie circa 1880, was the first American edition and the first English edition of Michaud’s work to appear with Doré’s illustrations.
• Lot # 223, a beautiful first American edition, first example of State by Samuel Langhorne Clemens The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, sold for $ 8,400 on its estimate of $ 1,200 to $ 2,000. This classic was released in New York City by Charles L. Webster and Co. in 1885 and was housed in a custom fabric shell with a morocco back tag titled in gold.
Books inherited from the first edition or presentation copies of the 20th century have also aroused great interest among collectors around the world.
• Lot # 382, a first edition, first issue of Jack London’s Call of the wild with its original dust jacket, more than doubled its high estimate and sold for $ 10,200. It was published in New York by The Macmillan Company in 1903; this book is considered one of the most sought after classics in American literature.
• Lot # 156, a signed first edition, 1957 first printing by Ray Bradbury Dandelion wine, made nearly six times its high estimate, selling for $ 1,440. This story takes place in the fictional town of Green Town, based on Bradbury’s childhood home in Waukegan, Il.
• Lot # 238, a first presentation edition of Joseph Conrad In the tides, was estimated at $ 600-800 and hands traded at $ 3,360. It was published in London by JM Dent in 1915 and listed to Grace Willard, a contributor to Vanity Fair, “Grace Willard / with kind regards / by J. Conrad”.
• Lot # 369, first American edition and first impression of Clive Staples Lewis’ Screwed letters, was estimated at $ 200-300 and made $ 1,320. It was published in New York by The Macmillan Company in 1943 and included its original dust jacket.
• Lot # 422, a first edition, first printing by Thomas Pynchon V. sold for $ 2,640, more than four times its high estimate. Published by JB Lippincott in 1963, this fine example has retained its original non-clipped cover.
• Lot # 51, a first edition, first impression of Dashiell Hammett The thin man, was estimated to be between $ 300 and $ 500 and earned $ 3,600. It was published in New York by Alfred A. Knopf in 1934 and signed by actor William Powell. Powell portrayed Nick Charles in the 1934 American comedy – mystery The thin man, directed by WS Van Dyke.
Beautiful press books and Black Americana completed this signature sales event.
• Lot # 583, Sonnets by William Shakespeare, printed in Stratford-on-Avon by Shakespeare Head Press, was estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000 and made $ 12,000. This 1905 example – one of the early editions of the publisher (the second item on Franklin’s checklist) – was one of 12 copies printed on vellum, this example being number six.
• Lot 543, a Don Hampton collage poster, was valued between $ 80 and $ 125 and sold for $ 540. It was published in Santa Monica, California in 1973. This offset lithographic poster – perhaps the only one in existence – featured images of contemporary civil rights leaders and black icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Angela Davis and Sidney Poitier, pasted with text extracts.
According to Christopher Brink, Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts, “This was by far our most exciting fine book sale to date. We continue to surpass each of our previous book auction records in terms of sales and quality. of items and we’ve proven that we command some of the highest prices on the market. ”