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The Library of Roger Wagner at PBA Galleries Auction

On March 18th, 2010, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will offer selected books and manuscripts from The Library of Roger Wagner. The collection reflects Mr. Wagner’s keen interest in a wide range of literary arts, science, history, and human endeavor. The material ranges from the 15th through 20th centuries, and touches upon nearly every aspect of the progress of civilization.

One of the most important features of the auction is a section of manuscripts, letters and other material from the personal archives of Henry Miller. Bruce MacMakin, Senior Vice President at PBA Galleries, calls the 214-lot sale “one of the most significant we have held in many years. The concentration of high spots in so many fields makes it of interest to a broad range of collectors.”

Among the highlights of the auction:

The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Abraham Ortelius, the first modern atlas of the world, the 1584 edition with 112 hand-colored double-page maps. Estimate: $150,000/200,000

Henry Miller’s Paris Notebooks, compiled from 1932 to 1936, providing source material for his three novels written in Paris, seen in many photographs taken of him in his office. Estimate: $100,000/150,000

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, 1859, the first edition of the most important biological book ever written, of profound influence. Estimate: $70,000/100,000

Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, two volumes, 1776, first edition of the great classic of modern economic thought. Estimate: $50,000/80,000

Carbon typescript of the first draft of Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller, 1934, dramatically different from the final published version. Estimate: $40,000/60,000

Original leaf from the most famous book in the annals of western civilization, the 42-line Bible of Johannes Gutenberg, the first book printed with moveable type. Estimate: $40,000/50,000

Galileo’s Risposta alle Opposizioni…, 1615, one of his rarest works, with perhaps the first printed account of the famous experiment conducted at the Tower of Pisa. Estimate: $20,000/30,000

Six hand-painted porcelain plaques by John Tenniel, featuring Alice in Wonderland characters, used as menu cards at Tenniel family dinners. Estimate: $20,000/30,000

Manuscript by John Steinbeck of a short play he wrote while visiting the Soviet Union in 1963, with thinly disguised characters such as Nikita Khruschev. Estimate: $10,000/15,000

The catalogue for the auction is posted online at Printed catalogues may be ordered at the site, or downloaded in PDF format. Full provisions are available for bidding absentee, live over the internet during the auction, or by telephone during the auction. For more information contact Shannon Kennedy – [email protected]

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