Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week

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An inscribed first edition of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, offered at PBA Galleries this week.

At Bonhams New York on Tuesday, August 31, Photographs: Summer Edition, in 158 lots. Three lots share an estimate of $10,000–15,000: a print of Ansel Adams' Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico; Adams' Dawn, Autumn Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee (1948); and 24 collotype prints from Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion (1884–1887).

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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.