Bloomsbury Auctions Announces Sale of Literature and Modern Firsts

NEW YORK – Bloomsbury Auctions will hold an auction of Literature and Modern Firsts this Thursday, June 19th at 2 pm. The sale presents masterworks of modern literary icons, including April Twilights by Willa Cather, Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote, Mosquitoes by William Faulkner, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The sale also contains an impressive collection of the works and correspondences of Robert Frost, V.S. Naipaul, and T.S. Eliot.

Highlights include a rare collection of John Steinbeck manuscripts, containing an early draft of About Ed Ricketts ($12,000-$16,000), a draft of Steinbeck’s article “My Short Novels” ($8,000-$12,000), and an autograph manuscript written to Adlai Stevenson ($8,000-$12,000). Also featured in this auction is a first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass ($40,000-$60,000), and a fine collection of autographed letters that span some forty years of the life of Robert Graves, one of the century’s literary giants ($10,000-$15,000).

The sale also features some of the most beloved works of fantasy in modern literature, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit ($22,000-$28,000) and The Lord of the Rings ($18,000-$20,000). These are but a few of the fine examples of literary masterworks contained within the June 19th auction of Literature and Modern Firsts.

Viewings will be held today until Wednesday, June 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Thursday, June 19th from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. The auction will begin promptly at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 19th. Visit to view the catalogue, auction calendar and sale results.

Bloomsbury Auctions was founded in 1983 as the preeminent auction house for rare books and works on paper and is headquartered in London with salerooms in New York and Rome.