Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
Here are the three sales I'll be watching this week:
The online sale of the David Lloyd Collection of Modern Literature, Part II at Bonhams Los Angeles ends on Wednesday, August 10. The 343 lots include a first edition of Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), with the rare dust jacket (restored here), estimated at $10,000–15,000. A first edition of Ian Fleming's The Man With the Golden Gun (1965), one of 940 copies with a golden gun stamped on the upper cover, could sell for $5,000–7,000. Estimated at $4,000–6,000 is a first edition of Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory (1940). A 1935 George Gershwin letter to an Associate Press reporter mentioning Porgy and Bess is expected to fetch $2,000–3,000. There are some nice group lots to be had, too.
At Heritage Auctions on Wednesday, Depth of Field: Photographs, in 161 lots. Among the photographs up for sale are Lillian Bassman's Toreador and Barbara Mullen (1950), estimated at $2,000–4,000; Ruth Bernhard's Classic Torso with Hands (1952) and Classic Torso (1952), each estimated at $2,500–3,500; and The Photography of N. Jay Jaffee Portfolio (printed 1993), estimated at $2,000–3,000.
On Thursday, August 11 at PBA Galleries, Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography, in 461 lots. The 1829 four-volume Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph is estimated at $5,000–8,000 (do note the condition description). A copy of the ten-volume Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir (1916–1924) with a manuscript leaf from Muir's The Mountains of California rates the same estimate, as does Alexander Mackenzie's Voyage from Montreal (Philadelphia, 1802). George Dixon's Voyage Round the World (1789), a third edition of Charles Wilkes' Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition (1845), and J.H. Triggs' History and Directory of Laramie City, Wyoming (1875) are each estimated at $4,000–6,000.