Bloomsbury Auctions New York Presents Autographs and Fine Printed Books

Bloomsbury Auctions, the world’s leading auction house for rare books and works on paper, announces their first sale of the winter season- Autographs & Fine Printed Books (web, 3D, pdf) on Wednesday, February 24th with sale times at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

The sale will showcase over 100 lots of autographs which will include artists, musicians and figures of Americana with a selection of signed editions and manuscript material from literary figures such as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Truman Capote, John Ruskin and champions of flight Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindberg. American political figures Marquis de Lafayette and Ronald Reagan, and artists Kate Greenaway and Arthur Rackham are also included.

An envelope signed by Amelia Earhart and postmarked from the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles is priced at $600-$800, and a first edition of In Cold Blood, (1965) signed by Truman Capote in the dust jacket is valued at $400-$600.

The collection of Tom Shelton includes over 50 lots: Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass (1855), Brooklyn; a first edition of “America’s second Declaration of Independence,” with the provenance of the Whitman family, $35,000-$45,000.

Other lots include, T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party (1950), New York, Playbill from the January 1950 Broadway debut of Eliot’s comedy at Henry Miller’s Theatre and signed by T.S. Eliot and stars Alec Guinness and Irene Worth, $400-$600; and James Joyce’s. Ulysses (1935), with illustrations by Henri Matisse, New York, Limited edition, $12,000-$16,000.

The sale of Fine Printed books, which commences at 2 pm on Wednesday, February 24, contains the 1817 edition of Lewis & Clarke’s Expedition with a large map of the Missouri River, “Travels to the Source of the Missouri River, and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by Order of the Government of the United States, in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806” (1817), London, three volumes with six engraved maps in excellent condition. $3500-$4500, and a first edition of East of Eden (1952), New York, signed by John Steinbeck, $800-$1200.

The afternoon sale also includes over 60 lots of private press and artist’s books. Highlights include Titus Andronicus [The Gehenna Shakespeare], Leonard Baskin and William Shakespeare, one of only 250 portfolios with an additional suite of signed engravings, $2000-$3000, and The Holy Bible (1999), 2 volumes, Barry Moser, the crowning achievement of Moser’s Pennyroyal Press, one of 400 copies on Zerkall Bible Paper, $4000-$6000, as well as Jim Dine’s Glyptotek (1988), New York/London, Pace Editions, Elephant folio with 40 copper-engraved prints, one of 90 copies of the signed, numbered edition, $2000-$3000.

Exhibition viewings are:
Saturday February 20, 10 am- 3 pm
Monday February 22, 10 am- 5 pm
Tuesday February 23, 10 am- 5 pm
Or by private appointment