An English Bibliophile
On Thursday of this week Sotheby's NY will hold the second part of its incredible sale of the library of an English Bibliophile. Judging from the list, this English bibliophile was quite the collector of the high points of American literature. Several of the lots estimated in the six-figure range* are American first editions, including:
Poe's The Raven and Other Poems, in its original wrappers (est. $140,000-$180,000).
A first edition/first issue of Whitman's Leaves of Grass (est. $140,000-$160,000).
*Also garnering a six-figure estimate: an inscribed first of Joyce's Ulysses ($450,000-$500,000), a Shakespeare first folio ($600,000-$700,000), and a third folio ($350,000-$400,000). What a collection. But can the market bear these big tickets? We shall see.