On Thursday, September 2, PBA Platinum: Rare Books, Manuscripts & Art at PBA Galleries, in 71 lots. A first edition of Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (dated 1881 but published December 1880) in a Russian binding of the period shares the top estimate of $30,000–50,000 with Volume III of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Zoology (1859). This volume contains the original Darwin and Wallace statement on natural selection. At $20,000–30,000 are a copy of the first edition of Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica (1910–1913); the 1513 Aldine second part of Plato's works; and the first printing in any language of the I-Ching, published in Latin in 1834 and 1839.
An inscribed presentation copy of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath (1939) signed by the author to author and reporter Vincent Sheean could sell for $15,000–25,000. Other lots include a first edition of Johnson's Dictionary (1755), estimated at $8,000–12,000 and a first edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language (1828), at $5,000–8,000.