Those qualities that make a book or manuscript “rare” can vary widely. It might be the first edition, it could have an interesting past, or it could bear an inscription from a celebrated author. In the upcoming Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts auction presented by Christie’s, all of those possibilities are represented. This sale particularly features the legacy of John Nash, an award-winning mathematician and economist. Also the subject of the 2001 biographical drama A Beautiful Mind, Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to game theory; both his prize medal and his doctoral thesis will cross the auction block this October.
This sale also highlights a broad selection of books and manuscripts, from signed presidential documents to autographed letters. Included will be the first book to be banned in America (Thomas Morton’s Puritan satire, New Canaan), the first edition of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, and a group of letters addressed to a young writer from J.D. Salinger. To view these items and many more, visit Christie’s and register to bid.
Lot Categories:Paintings, Prints, Drawings & Watercolors (2), Books & Manuscripts (151), Drawings & Watercolors (1), Prints & Multiples (1)
# of Lots:153
Price Range:$600 to $800,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|For his brilliant insight into human behavior JOHN FORBES NASH, JR., 1994|| Estimate: |
|An Apple 1 Personal Computer PALO ALTO, 1976|| Estimate: |
|First edition, Wealth of Nations ADAM SMITH, 1776|| Estimate: |
|Americas first banned book, lampooning the Puritans THOMAS MORTON, 1637|| Estimate: |
|Philip Roths Typewriter SIGNED, C.1974-6|| Estimate: |
|Nashs doctoral thesis NON-COOPERATIVE GAMES, 1951|| Estimate: |