Auctions | March 4, 2021

Hindman to Auction Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection

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Presentation copy of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven. Estimate: $10,000-15,000.

Chicago – Hindman Auctions will present Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection at auction on March 19. The sale includes several of the most significant literary works of the 19th and 20th centuries, representing both American and English literature. Strengths of the collection include early science fiction, children’s literature, and works from the Jazz Age and Post-War period. The sale features the works of John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, and James Joyce.

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Highlights from the sale include a presentation copy of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven (lot 237; estimate is $10,000-15,000) in the rare first issue dust jacket. Owned by American author and Steinbeck correspondent Louis Paul, the work also includes an autograph note from Steinbeck to Paul. The sale includes a very fine copy of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (lot 40; estimate is $2,000-3,000).

Other works include a first American edition of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; or, the Whale (lot 205; estimate is $5,000-7,000) and the limited first edition of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake signed by Joyce (lot 164; estimate is $5,000-7,000). The collection includes a fine copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (lot 251; estimate is $5,000-7,000), as well as several of the most significant works by Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.

Bidding for the March 19 sale begins at 10am CT. Bidders will be able to participate via absentee bid, by phone, or live online through the Digital Bid Room, Hindman’s recently launched online and mobile bidding platform. Preview of the auction will be available by appointment only at Hindman’s Chicago office. For more information about the auction, please view the catalogue and the auction page.