Heritage Rare Books and Manuscripts Auction Posts Strong Results

Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts auction, held October 25 & 26, 2007 in Dallas, Texas, realized $2,235,525 for 1,218 lots, including strong prices for a variety of rare and hard-to-find first editions and collector’s books, such as a very desirable first edition of the initial book in the acclaimed Harry Potter series.

“The Harry Potter series is a publishing phenomenon,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Book auctions for Heritage, “which has attracted fans of all ages from around the world. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that our rare, true first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – retitled Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone for its American release – published by Bloomsbury in 1997, fetched an impressive $33,460.”

Gannon continued, “Other strong results included a very rare signed copy of Geronimo’s autobiography which brought $23,900, an attractive copy of the first American edition of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick that sold for $17,925, an inscribed copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, which realized $13,145, an early copy of The Federalist in two volumes by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay that fetched $8,365, and a handsome example of the true first UK edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that also sold for $8,365.”

“All in all, this was a very exciting auction,” said Gannon. “Nevertheless, we’re already hard at work on our next offering. I’d invite anyone interested to visit our website at www.HA.com, where they’ll be able to watch the auction as it grows, and see enlargeable, full-color images of each lot, complete with our thorough and informative catalog descriptions. As the auction gets closer, they’ll even be able to enter their bids online.”

Heritage Auction Galleries’ next Rare Books & Manuscripts auction will be held on February 21 & 22, 2008 in Dallas, TX.

J.K. Rowling: The Rare True First Edition of the First Harry Potter Book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.([London]: Bloomsbury, [1997]):REALIZED: $33,460

Chief Geronimo: A Very Rare Signed Copy of Geronimo’s Autobiography Geronimo’s Story of His Life Taken Down and Edited by S.M. Barrett, Superintendent of Education, Lawton, Oklahoma.(New York: Duffield & Company, 1906). First edition:REALIZED: $23,900

Herman Melville: A Handsome Copy of The First American Edition of Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.By Herman Melville, Author of “Typee,” “Omoo,” “Mardi,” “White-Jacket.” (New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1851):REALIZED: $17,925

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Signed Tender is the Night(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1934):REALIZED: $13,145

Publius [Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay]: Two Volume The Federalist, on the New ConstitutionTo Which is Added, Pacificus, on the Proclamation of Neutrality. Likewise, The Federal Constitution, with All the Amendments Revised and Corrected.(New York: George F. Hopkins, 1802):REALIZED: $8,365

Mark Twain: An Excellent Example of the True First Edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.(London: Chatto and Windus, 1876):REALIZED: $8,365

For more information about Heritage’s auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HA.com.