Book Fairs | February 26, 2019

Peter Harrington to Exhibit Twain, Lovelace & Swift at the NYABF

SHVjayBGaW5uLnBuZw==.pngPeter Harrington, one of the world’s largest rare booksellers, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is attending The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair in March, with a selection of rare books and manuscripts, each of which has a fascinating history. 

Highlights include:

  • An inscribed first US edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ($195,000);
  • A remarkably rare first edition of the paper Ada Lovelace, the first computer programer, wrote, which belonged to her maths tutor, who has extensively annotated it ($325,000);
  • The original typescript of Fleming's last Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun, with his corrections and those of his posthumous editor Kingsley Amis ($230,000);
  • A first edition of Brighton Rock by Graham Greene in its exceedingly rare dust jacket ($115,000);
  • An excellent first edition of Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift in a contemporary binding ($162,500).

Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harrington, says “We are bringing with us close to one hundred fascinating rare books and manuscripts specially selected to be of interest to visitors to the Fair. Our selection includes remarkable works by Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and Jonathan Swift. Do come and visit us and see these unique books if you can.” 

The New York Book Fair is being held at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, between 66/67 Streets. It is open from noon-8pm on Friday March 8th, noon-7pm on Saturday March 9thand noon-5pm on Sunday March 10th. The Preview will take place on Thursday March 7thfrom 5pm-9pm. Peter Harrington will be on Stand D17.

Peter Harrington Rare Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and offers an ‘unconditional guarantee’for each item it sells on its authenticity and completeness, as described. 

Image: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885) $195,000. First US edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Twain in the month of publication - "To Major J.B. Pond With the affections of Mark Twain Feb. 21/85".