Conan Doyle Rarities, Avedon and Adams Photographs, Harry Clarke Window Design: Auction Preview

Image: Forum Auctions

Designer binding by Stefanos Kolovouris on a copy of the 1979 Circle Press edition of Antony & Cleopatra, offered at Forum Auctions this week.

Here are the sales I'll be watching this week:

At New England Book Auctions on Tuesday, February 13, 227 lots of Fine Books & Ephemera, offering a wide range of material.

Forum Auctions' sale of Modern Literature, Children's and Illustrated Books ends on Thursday, February 15. The 270 lots include an original "cartoon" design by Harry Clarke for a stained glass window in the Church of Our Lady and St Richard, Ashdown Park, Leeds (£5,000–7,000); a copy of the 1979 Circle Press edition of Antony & Cleopatra in a designer binding by Stefanos Kolovouris (£1,800–2,000); a copy of the first edition of Graham Greene's The Name of Action in the rare first-state jacket (£1,500–2,000). This sale also includes several more Steinbeck titles from the collection of his sister Mary Dekker.

At Potter & Potter on Thursday, A Study in Sherlock, Part II: Including the Collection of Robert Hess and Roy Pilot, in 336 lots. Conan Doyle's autograph manuscript of the novel Uncle Bernac, along with the American serialization and the first English edition is estimated at $30,000–40,000. A copy of the first English trade edition of The Lost World with the original dust jacket is expected to sell for $8,000–12,000; a second issue copy of The Lost World in the original dinosaur-print jacket could fetch $15,000–18,000.

Swann Galleries holds a sale titled An American Century: The Collection of Dr. James & Debra Pearl & Fine Photographs on Thursday. The 239 lots include Richard Avedon's Portrait of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1958), believed to be the only print of this image ($30,000–50,000); Ansel Adams' Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park (1927, printed 1973–1977), estimated at $25,000–35,000; and a number of Irving Penn portraits form the Small Trades Series.