Auctions | November 19, 2015 Auction #47, Nov. 19-26 is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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Lot 17

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Last Tycoon

An Unfinished Novel, together with The Great Gatsby,
and Selected Short Stories

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1941

Edition: First Edition

The Last Tycoon was Fitzgerald's fifth and last novel, published posthumously. It is unfinished, as Fitzgerald had only completed 17 of his intended 31 chapters. Edmund Wilson, literary critic and close friend of Fitzgerald, assembled the author's notes and the novel was published in this format, along with Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, and several of his popular short stories.

Estimate: $3000-4000

Lot 15

Ernest Hemingway

Across the River and into the Trees.

Published: Charles Scribner`s Sons, 
New York, 1950.


Signed by Charles Scribner. 
"This is one of 24 copies, bound in a different cloth from the regular edition and has the above errors in the pages which were caught and corrected after 24 sheets had been run. Hemingway & I have given these 24 copies to friends - none were sold. - Charles Scribner."

Estimate: $15,000

Lot 266
Ian Fleming


Published: Jonathan Cape, London, 1959

Edition: First Edition 

A very nice copy in dw. of the first edition in a first issue dw. of this James Bond title - the seventh in the series. In the original gilt embossed black cloth with a skull on the front panel.

Estimate: $700 - 1000

Lot 19
Graham Greene

The Virtue of Disloyalty

Published: The Bodley Head, London, 1972

Edition: First Edition

Privately printed in an edition of 300 for distribution by the author and publisher. 
Inscribed in year of publication to Ragnar Svanström, Greene's Swedish publisher, and his wife: "For Ragnar & Greta / with love, from Graham / Christmas 1972". 
This publication contains Greene's comments on loyalty and disloyalty, and how these inspired both his and Shakespeare's writing. Greene was awarded the Shakespeare Prize for writing in 1968; the text is his acceptance speech given in Hamburg, in essence a critique of Shakespeare's "conservatism".

Estimate: $1500-2000

Lot 25
Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tom Sawyer's Comrade

Published: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885

Edition: First Edition

First edition, with many of the first issue points, including: conjugate title leaf with the copyright notice dated 1884 as usual, the illustration "Him and Another Man" listed as page 88 on page 13, "with the was" on page 57, page 283 in the third state with a straight fly on a cancel leaf, third state page 155 with the final five larger than the first, page 161 lacking the signature mark, leaf 238 pasted under the terminal endpaper, first state frontispiece printed in black with the tablecloth clearly visible and with Heliotype Printing Company imprint. 
Publisher's decorative green cloth; illustrated with 174 illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble.

Estimate: $1500-2000

Lot 27
Richard Yates

Revolutionary Road

Published: Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1961

Edition: First Edition

A very nice example of the author's first book in the original jacket. 
Revolutionary Road inspired the major motion picture of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Estimate: $1000-1500


Lot 12 


Or the Youth's instructor, and Workman's remembrancer. Explaining short and easy rules, made familiar to the meanest capacity, for drawing and working.....etc.

Published: R. Ware. London, London, 1741

Edition: First Edition.

FIRST EDITION. Engraved frontispiece, dated using the Masonic Calendar-AL(Anno Lucis) 5741. 24pp. 99 engraved plates, each numbered. Complete.

A rare title in first edition, even more so complete. This work was reprinted many times but this 1741 edition is hard to find. Only 2000 copies were printed (From the printer Charles Ackers' ledger --- "26th May 1741. Due from Mr Ware.... to printing 2000 titles &c of The Builder's Jewel. £0.8.0").

No copy at auction in the last 40 years.
Estimate: $2750


Lot 11
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Arthur Rackham. Illustrates.


Published: Hodder and Stoughton. London, 1922

Edition: Signed Limited Edition.




One of only 600 copies. 

24 colour plates (16 mounted onto thick paper, each with a tissue guard) and 20 line drawings in the text.

Estimate: $2000

Lot 157
Arthur Rackham


Published: George G. Harrap , London, 1933

Edition: 1st. Limited De-Luxe 

No. 420 of a total of 460 copies of this limited de-luxe edition signed by Rackham. 287pp. In the original full vellum gilt decorated binding. 
With 8 full page colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations including many wonderful silhouettes.

In the original publisher's cardboard slipcase.

Estimate: $2800 - 3000


Lot 124
Irma Stern


Published: J.L. Van Schaik, Pretoria, 1948

Edition: 1st.

The second of Stern's two titles documenting and illustrating her African travels (the other being Congo). Although not numbered, one of 500 copies (which number includes the limited signed edition of 150 copies). 104 pages with many tipped-in monochrome plates of Stern's paintings.

Estimate: $700 - 900 

Lot 129

William Kentridge


Published: David Krut & Others, Various, 2010 - 2014

Edition: First Editions

NOSE. 2010. David Krut. Thirty Etchings - relating to the Kentridge production of Shostakovich's opera "The Nose". Hardcover. 

FIRE WALKER. By Kentridge and Gerhard Marx. 2011. Fourthwall Books.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE. By Kate McCrickard. 2012. David Krut. Fine in wraps. Boldly signed by Kentridge under the frontispiece reproduction of one of his graphics.

THAT WHICH IS NOT DRAWN. Conversations between Kentridge and Rosalind C. Morris. 2014. Seagull Books. 

Estimate: $200 - 220


Lot 76

Burchell, William J.

Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa, 2 Vol. Set

Published: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London, 1822-1824

Edition: First edition

The most valuable and accurate work on South Africa published up to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and embracing a description of a large part of the Cape Colony and Bechuanaland at this period. 

Two Volumes., quarto. later red half morocco spine ruled and lettered in gilt, tooled in blind, t.e.g., marbled boards, five raised ribs to spine. Top edge gilt.; with half-titles, 20 finely hand-coloured aquatint plates, numerous woodcut  vignettes and folding line-backed map; very slight browning, occasional minor spotting or offsetting, faint small library stamp on title.

Volume I. With an entirely new map, and numerous engravings. xii plus 582 pages plus four pages " Hints on Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope." Half title. Coloured frontispiece. Title. Preface. Contents. List of Plates. Errata slip. 9 hand-coloured engravings, 50 vignettes, Folding map to rear endpaper.

Volume II. vi plus 648 pages. Half title. Coloured frontispiece.Title. Contents. List of Plates. Errata. 9 hand-coloured engravings. 46 vignettes. Index.

Estimate: $7500-9000

Lot 366
Sparrman (Andrew)


Published: Printed for G.G.J and J. Robinson, London, 1786

Edition: Second Edition, Corrected

Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume 2, pages 414-5.:

 'On his arrival at the Cape on January10, 1772, Sparrman had only the small sum of twenty-five rix dollars in his possession, but the kindness of his reception and the hospitality of the colonists enabled him to pursue his researches and his expenses on his short expeditions were defrayed by the Swedish East India Company. About the latter end of the year, the English Exploring Expedition under Captain Cook visited Table Bay, and Sparrman was invited to accompany it and he sailed in the Resolution on November 22, 1772. He did not return to South Africa until March 1775, when he determined to make an expedition into the interior with a friend named Immelman, and they made a start on July 25, the journey being extended to April, 1776.’

Sparrman died at Stockholm in 1820 at the age of 73; his work, originally written in Swedish, was translated and published in French, English and German and went through several editions.’

Estimate: $1200/1300 

Lot 2

Second Voyage dans l'Interieur de l'Afrique, 3 vols

par le Cape de Bonne Esperance dans les Annees 1783, 84 & 85

Published: H J JANSEN & COMP, PARIS, An 3 de la Republique (1795)

Edition: 1st

The second voyage of the intrepid French traveller from Cape Town up the western coast reaching and crossing the Orange River into Namibia - a feat long disputed, but lately proven to be true. A noteworthy feat of early travel into Namaqualand and Namibia. French text

304 + 525 + 426 pp with 22 engraved plates.

Estimate: $600-800 

Lot 4 

Voyage et Avantures de Francois Leguat & de ses Compagnons en deux Isles desertes des Indes Orientales

Published: David Mortier, London, 1708

Edition: 1st

Leguat was a French Huguenot who had fled France to Holland after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. One Marquis du Quesne had first considered Reunion as a possible colony for Huguenots, but after the French took that over, he fitted out a small frigate, L'Hirondelle to reconnoitre the Mascarene islands, and to take possession of whatever island was found unoccupied, for that purpose. In 1690 Leguat and nine male volunteers boarded L'Hirondelle for Reunion which they believed had been abandoned by the French. Instead he and seven companions were marooned on the uninhabited island of Rodrigues. After a year, they built a boat and sailed to Mauritius, where they were imprisoned due to France and Holland being at war. After lengthy imprisonment, the survivors were shipped to Jakarta to stand trial. They were found innocent, and Leguat and two other survivors were returned to England. A classic tale of travel, survival and adversity.

Although the book is in French, it is the first edition printed in England. An uncommon book in this edition.

Estimate: $1200-1500 is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. 

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