Fine Books & Manuscripts: Auction Highlights for July 30, 2020
Starting this auction is a portion of Americana (lots 1 to 8); autographs by world leaders, entertainers, scientists, explorers, athletes, and others (lots 9 to 36); and Presidential autographs (lots 37 to 59). Presidential autographs include a fiery letter signed by Andrew Jackson, railing against Congress for having censured him after removing the deposits from the United States Bank. In this sale, you will also find a small group of emotional letters Ted Kennedy wrote to a newspaper editor after his presidential aspirations were shattered by the Chappaquiddick incident.Browse Lots 1 to 221
Autographs by Musicians
Featuring The Enrico Caruso Collection of Albert M. Bary
At the heart of this portion of this sale are the musician autographs, including a photograph with an autograph musical quotation signed by George Gershwin days after the premier of An American in Paris, as well as several lots of items by Giacomo Puccini, including romantic letters to two different lovers. Lots 62 to 138 are from the Enrico Caruso collection of Albert M. Bary (1929-2019), which contains numerous caricatures, including many portraying Caruso himself, and many that have been published. Numerous signed photographs are featured, several of which portray Caruso in some of his well-known roles. Remarkable letters to Caruso’s lovers, children, and other associates, as well as many postcards sent during his world tours.Browse Lots 60 to 170
Autographs by Artists & Writers
Among the artist autographs (lots 210 to 221) is an exhibition catalogue with a sketch signed by Pablo Picasso, and a first edition Lady and the Tramp book signed by Walt Disney, as well as outstanding autographs by writers (lots 180 to 209), world leaders, entertainers, and others.Browse Lots 180 to 221
Early Printed Books & Manuscripts
Containing incunabula, illustrated books, English and Continental imprints, and manuscripts on a wide range of subjects, including early Bibles, fine bindings, literature, Renaissance editions of the classics, law, and more. A travel section features printed and illustrated books and manuscripts chronicling voyages to the arctic. A portion dedicated to medicine, science, and social sciences spans the centuries with important contributions, early imprints, and first editions of high spots.Browse Lots 222 to 306
Travel & Voyages
Medicine, Science, & Social Science Books
19th & 20th Century Literature
From the modern literature portion of the sale comes a limited edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of only 750 printed, this copy bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, retaining the original fragile wrappers. A major desideratum for any collection of economic theory is the first edition in English of Friedrich Engels’ The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, the translation by noted reformer and progressive Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky, an important figure in her own right.Browse Lots 342 to 397
Art, Press & Illustrated Books
Among the art books section that closes the auction is a superb copy of the deluxe limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dalí, one of just 200 copies, signed twice by Dali.Browse Lots 398 to 451
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