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Eliza Fenwick’s The Life of Carlo, the Famous Dog (1804), of which only three other copies are recorded, heads to auction.

Lakeville, CT — In light of the global situation,’s second U.S. sale will focus on connections of all kinds — celebrating what unites us at a time when physical contact can be dangerous, when ideologies can seem irreconcilable. The sale, which will run from May 28th through June 4th, includes over 200 lots of interrelated rare books, manuscripts, artwork, prints and ephemera.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, circumstances have forced both auction houses and book fair promoters to rethink their modus operandi, forcing the bulk of sales to now be conducted online., with over ten years experience as an online selling and buying platform, is uniquely positioned for this quick but necessary realignment. A hybrid experience that is part book fair, part auction, each sale offers both buyers and sellers the opportunity to connect directly with each other and the opportunity to create longterm relationships. Facilitating this level of open communication places Antiquarian Auctions in a league of its own among other online auctions.

Offerings in their second sale continue to uphold the mantra: “The one constant will be our unwavering commitment to the uncommon and unusual”. The uncommon include Ann Taylor’s My Mother (1807) “a notable rarity” according to Princeton; Eliza Fenwick’s The Life of Carlo, the Famous Dog (1804) three other copies recorded; a de luxe issue of Roald Dahl’s Gremlins, third recorded copy, in addition this copy is signed by General Eisenhower (!); Charles Muss’s ill-fated Thirty-Three Original Designs from Gay’s Fables (c.1824) almost unknown: one copy in the U.S, two in the U.K.; E.T. Bennett’s The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society Delineated (1831), printed on India paper – only two other copies traced. This sale also regularly goes beyond unusual and ventures into unique: a further selection of artwork from the great Robert Andrew Parker, much of it done for The New Yorker; a savagely beautiful caricature by Ralph Steadman of art historian Lord Clarke, a large scale work which used to belong to Auberon Waugh of Private Eye fame; Samuel Prout’s Sketches at Home and Abroad (1844), a unique copy given to Prout by his publisher, with the plates on India paper; Jean Cocteau does a sketch of The Saint for the character’s creator Leslie Charteris; a large scale photo of Cape Cod by Joel Meyerowitz from Norman Mailer’s estate (1986). The beauty of some items was reason enough to warrant their inclusion in the sale: a Portuguese Embroidered Binding from 1815; Primrose Harley Roper’s watercolor study of Peonies; a mid-19th century memorial album with an oval miniature portrait of Madame Henriette Kann; early photographs of Roman Antiquities sold by Joseph Spithover. All pockets and many interests are catered for: from  $100 to many $1000s; from Moscow to Mexico; from the 17th to the 21st century. was founded in South Africa in 2010 by rare book dealer Paul Mills, this U.S. affiliate, based in Litchfield County, CT is helmed by Adam Langlands, formerly of Christie’s London. With over 40 years of experience in the rare book trade, Mr. Langlands brings an expert curatorial eye and unique sensibility to each auction.

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A first edition, first impression, hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, inscribed and signed by J.K. Rowling in September 1997.

Edinburgh, Scotland — Hardly needing an introduction, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books have become a modern classic of children’s literature. For twenty-three years, children and adults alike have become enthralled by the magical world of the boy wizard.

Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to present a first edition, first impression, hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, inscribed and signed by J.K. Rowling in September 1997 – less than three months after the book’s publication in June of that year. This book is a true rarity. Only 500 copies were produced in first edition, first impression hardback, with around 300 of these being given to libraries and schools. This would leave a maximum of 200 copies of the book in possible circulation in fine, non ex-library condition; though the actual number is likely to be far lower. A handful of first edition, first impression books were then inscribed by J.K. Rowling for friends, acquaintances and family members. This copy is one such work, inscribed: “6-9-97 / For James, Kate and Laura, with best wishes, J.K. Rowling”.

At auction, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has reached high acclaim. Since 2016, signed copies of the first edition have risen in value from £46,000 to $130,000 in 2018. The high collector’s value of a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone reflects J.K. Rowling’s vast commercial success, named by Forbes as 2019’s highest-paid author. The reason for the cultural phenomenon that is Harry Potter is simple: Rowling has created a literary world which allows for absolute absorption and escapism, whilst simultaneously tackling some thought-provoking issues. Similarities can easily be drawn between the persecution of muggle-borns [magical children born to non-magical parents] in the Harry Potter series and the persecution of ethnic minorities on a national-level throughout history. Comparisons have even been drawn between the Ministry of Magic’s approach to the threat of the book’s main antagonist, Lord Voldemort, and the British Government’s policy of appeasement with Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Combine the demand for this engaging narrative with the rarity of a first edition, first impression and the result is a very valuable book!

The Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs auction on 17 June presents a wonderful opportunity to welcome the book back to Edinburgh – widely regarded as the “home of Harry Potter.” The boy wizard was dreamt up by Rowling on a delayed rail service between Manchester and London’s King’s Cross Station, however Rowling has said: “…Edinburgh is very much home for me and is the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in its cafés.” Many similarities have also been drawn between Edinburgh’s imposing independent schools and the wizarding school, Hogwarts. In the past, Rowling has said that she imagines Hogwarts to be in Scotland: a claim corroborated by the Harry Potter films, where the school train, the Hogwarts Express, is seen diving over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands.

A story that has captured the hearts of generations around the world, the rarity of this iconic book makes this first edition, first impression extremely desirable. With the continued interest and constant evolution of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone represents the humble beginning of a truly magical journey.

Estimate: £80,000 - 120,000 + fees

Other auction highlights include:

Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. First edition, first impression with first state dust-jacket without the Sunday Times review overprinted on the front flap, 8vo, original black cloth with red heart vignette to upper cover, dust-jacket not price-clipped with one very small neat repair to jacket verso and a few extremely minor signs of wear, one or two very light internal marks [Gilbert A1a - 1.1]

Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000 + fees

Robert Burns. Autograph Letter Signed to Captain Francis Grose, Ellisland, 1 Dec. 1790, 2 pages, 4to, (190 x 121mm), bifolium, docket (traces of paste where pasted into an album), about sending the manuscript for Tam O'Shanter. Opening with a graceful excuse for a hurried letter ('I am not, God knows, vain of my composition, & if you like intellectual food more substantial than the whipt syllabub of epistolary compliment'), Burns refers to the enclosure which originally accompanied the letter of 'one of the Aloway Kirk stories, done in Scots verse. Should you think it worthy a place in your Scots Antiquities, it will lengthen not a little the altitude of my Muse's pride.' He request's Grose's discretion in reproducing his work, noting that 'Authors have too often very little to say in the disposal of this world's affairs, but it would be very hard if they should not be absolute in their own works'. Grose's 'draft of Kilwinning is finished, but not come to hand. I shall send it you the minute it reaches me'

Note: The 'Scots verse' referred to is none other than Burns's great mock-heroic narrative poem, Tam o'Shanter: a Tale, composed to accompany the entry for Alloway Kirk in the second volume of The Antiquities of Scotland, published by Grose in 1791. Burns's 'kind funny friend', Francis Grose (d.1791) - immortalised by the poet in On the late Captain Grose's Peregrinations through Scotland - was an early recorder of ruins and archaeological remains north of the border; the extent of the collaboration between the two is apparent from the reference to Kilwinning Abbey, which features in the same volume. Composed towards the end of Burns's tenure at Ellisland farm - a a creatively fertile period during which he also produced Auld Lang Syne - and marked by Burns's deft use of Hudibrastic verse and idiosyncratic mixing of Scots and English, Tam o'Shanter is often considered to be his finest poetic creation. A Biography of Robert Burns (1993), p.463

Estimate: £9,000 - 12,000 + fees

Guillaume Delisle’s Atlas Nouveau. Contenant toutes les parties du Monde. Ou sont exactement Remarquées les Empires, Monarchies, Royaumes, Etats, Republiques &c., Amsterdam: Jean Covens & Corneille Mortier, [c.1745]. Folio, (530 x 330mm.), title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, additional engraved title ("Atlas Novum. Atlas Nouveau..."), [vi]. 32, [2 ("liste des cartes")], and 107 double-page or folding maps, hand-coloured in outline, text and maps mounted on original guards throughout (some guards neatly strengthened), finely rebound in period style half calf,marbled sides, spine gilt, raised bands, red morocco lettering piece, occasional light spot, small stain to Saint Domingue map, most maps with light discolouration at centre fold (where attached to guard)

Note: A handsomely rebound, very good copy of a later Dutch edition of a French atlas. Delisle's map Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi, originally published in 1718, was the first printed map to show Texas. The present map shows New Orleans - "Nouvelle Orleans".

Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000 + fees

Courtesy of Biblio

Asheville, NC — In its ongoing commitment to support independent bookshops, is partnering with to create new avenues of revenue and growth for our booksellers. The partnership is a natural fit, as both organizations provide a solid online marketplace for independent booksellers, many of whom are pivoting to selling online to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus quarantine temporarily closing their stores.

“At Bookshop, we wanted to give our customers an option to buy new and used books from third-party sellers if we didn’t have the book in stock,” said Andy Hunter, CEO of Bookshop. “Thanks to Biblio, we can offer a great selection of purchasing options that are sourced from independent bookstores, which helps us fulfill our mission to benefit local, indie stores, and offer a great selection to our customers at the same time. All profits from this partnership will go straight to our bookstore partners.”

Brendan Sherar, the CEO and founder of Biblio agrees. “We are delighted at this opportunity to work with Bookshop. Together we are committed to the vitality of bookshops in our communities, and we are excited to be a part of this next chapter in independent bookselling with Bookshop as they create a viable alternative to Amazon for bookstores and book lovers.”

Customers using will now see search results for used books from booksellers on if no new copies are available. This cooperative effort ensures that a book ends up in the customer’s hands, keeps both new and used bookstores in business, and generates revenue for both Biblio and Bookshop’s community of booksellers. has been an independent marketplace where booksellers around the globe list their used, rare, and out-of-print books for sale since 2003, and has expanded into new areas with,, and To learn more, visit is an online bookselling platform and affiliate network with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and literary culture. For more about Bookshop, please see


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Signed, presentation copy of My Early Life by Sir Winston Churchill.

London — The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) is pleased to announce the launch of the organisation’s first digital fair “Firsts London Online” on 5th June, coinciding with the fair’s original opening date. The digital fair will replace the cancelled annual rare book fair which was due to take place in London from 5th-7th June 2020.

Hosted on the event’s dedicated website, the online fair will be launched to the public at 2PM GMT on Friday 5th June 2020 and will feature items from top international dealers including Sophia Rare Books (Denmark), Antiquariat Dasa Pahor GbR (Germany), Imperial Fine Books Inc (USA), Bruce Marshall (UK) and Charlotte Du Rietz Rare Books (Sweden) to name a few. Each exhibitor has been invited to showcase up to 12 highlights from what would have been their exhibited stock at the annual fair in London. This smaller showcase of items has encouraged the dealers to upload many of their most interesting and significant pieces, creating a remarkable and diverse selection from around the world.

Some key highlights include:
        §  First edition of Rene Descartes’ first and most famous work Discours de la methode pour bien conduire la raison, & chercher la verité dans les sciences [1637] by exhibitor Sophia Rare Books
        §  An album of annotated watercolours by amateur ornithologist Thomas Howitt, drawn after Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology [1823] by exhibitor Antiquariat Michael Kühn
        §  One of only five pages of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club manuscript by Charles Dickens remaining in private hands [c. April 1837] by exhibitor Peter Harrington
        §  Manuscript of Discourse by Sir William Petty made before the Royal Society on 26th November 1674 to persuade for the scientific use of mathematics to human affairs by exhibitor Nigel Phillips Rare Books
        §  Signed first edition in four volumes of Sir Winston Churchill’s My Early Life – Thoughts and Adventures – Great Contemporaries [1947] by exhibitor Paul Foster Books

The ‘Exhibitor’s Highlights” section will be launched at 2PM GMT on Friday 5th June and will feature contact details for each individual exhibitor. Items will be searchable by category, dealer, and keyword with each item featuring a brief description, condition, and price. Viewers and customers will be able to contact dealers directly and enquire on particular items. Speaking on the launch of the digital event, Fair Chairman Pom Harrington says: “Fairs remain an important fixture in the world of fine collectables and art, and virtual fairs are being embraced by dealers and customers alike. We are delighted to be able to host Firsts London in a digital format this year and provide our exhibitors and colleagues a platform to showcase their items. The ABA already had a great asset in the Firsts London website, which enabled this new venture to move ahead fairly seamlessly. We thank our exhibitors for fully supporting the digital fair format and are confident it will be a success.”

Details on Firsts London Online:

Friday 5th June: Live at 2PM GMT


Items will be available for viewing until 11th June.

Courtesy of Swann Galleries

17th Year Afro-American’s Travel Guide, printed pamphlet, Travel Bureau, Afro-American Newspapers, 1957, sold to an institution for $27,500. 

New York — Swann Galleries’ Thursday, May 7 sale of Printed & Manuscript African Americana was held live online and was conducted remotely. “This was a strong auction regardless of the circumstances. The sale concluded with 90% of lots finding buyers, a record in this category at Swann, and a total of $744,112, well above high estimate. Institutions generally make a good showing in these African Americana auctions, but they did exceptionally well in this sale, picking up the top four lots, and a total of 11 of the top 20,” noted Rick Stattler, the house’s Americana specialist.

Leading the sale was an annotated 1848 letterpress broadside advertising for a reward for three young women who had escaped from slavery. The announcement was won by an institution for $37,500, a record for a broadside of the same nature. Also from the slavery and abolition era came the only pamphlet edition of The Proclamation of Emancipation, seventh printed edition, 1862, which sold for $11,875.

Posters were one of the most popular categories in the sale. Civil Rights-era posters included March for Freedom Now!, 1960, printed for a protest at the 1960 Republican Convention, which brought $17,500; Come Let Us Build a New World Together, circa 1963, utilizing a photograph by Danny Lyon featuring congressman John Lewis, then a 22-year-old Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer, was won for $7,250, a record for the poster; and I Am a Man, Memphis, 1968, a dorm room version of the original protest poster used in the days before Dr. King’s assassination, brought a record for the poster at $6,500. Sun Ra in “Space is the Place,” circa 1974, a movie poster for the Afrofuturist science fiction film featuring the experimental Jazz musician Sun Ra, garnered a record for the image at $6,500.

The pamphlet 17th Year Afro-American’s Travel Guide, 1957, a competitor of the famous Negro Motorist’s Green Book, went to an institution for $27,500 over a $1,200 high-estimate after rigorous back-and-forth bidding. A 1950s metal sign denoting a colored waiting room from Alabama, brought a record the category at $15,000.

Additional items of note included E. Simms Campbell’s A Night-Club Map of Harlem, featured in the inaugural issue of Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers, 1933, which brought $27,500; papers of the comedian Napsey Russel, which included a personal letter from Martin Luther King, brought $17,500; and 44 issues of The Black Panther Community News Service brought $6,500, a record for copies of the publication.

"We are grateful for the confidence placed in us by our consignors, and for the patience of our community of collectors as we completely redesigned how we conduct our auctions. The results are nothing short of phenomenal, and a testament to Swann's resilient and creative team,” concluded Stattler of the sale.

Additional highlights can be found here.

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George Washington signed book, The Gleaner. Estimate: $80,000+ 

Boston — RR Auction is proud to present The Lawrence Miller Collection with online bidding Friday, May 15 through May 21.

Dr. Lawrence E. Miller, an orthopedic surgeon and psychiatrist for more than 60 years, began collecting autographs in 1960 by writing to "the people that changed the world." In his quest for confirmation of political perspectives and historical relevance, Dr. Miller sought out and personally met many US presidents, foreign heads of state, and other famous dignitaries who gladly signed his books.

As his collection grew over the decades, he shared his long-time passion for reading and studying history with his family and friends. Dr. Miller routinely spoke to his four children and eleven grandchildren of the rich history and majesty of America as a way to ensure the passage of a legacy that highlighted his thirst for learning.

This specially curated sale features more than 500 lots from Dr. Miller's collection, highlighted by books signed by presidents including a George Washington signed copy of The Gleaner.

The extraordinary signed book from George Washington's personal library: The Gleaner, Vol. I, by Constantia [Judith Sargent Murray]. First edition. Boston: I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, 1798. Hardcover bound in contemporary sheep with morocco labels and gilt rules on the spine, 348 pages. Boldly signed on the title page in ink with his ownership signature, "Go: Washington." Loosely laid in are several early 20th-century newspaper clippings covering the disposition of George Washington's personal library upon his death, and later sales of books from it. (Estimate: $80,000+)

John F. Kennedy rare privately printed As We Remember Joe, presented by the future president: "This book is for you with all my thanks—and Joe' s—Jack Kennedy"
Privately printed in an edition of 250. Cambridge, Massachusetts: University Press, 1945. Hardcover bound in red cloth with gilt lettering, 6.25 x 9.25, 75 pages. Signed and inscribed on a card affixed to the first free end page in fountain pen, "Dear Danny: This book is for you with all my thanks—and Joe' s—Jack Kennedy." (Estimate: $8,000+)

John Quincy Adams signed Orations and Correspondence volume presented to General John E. Wool. Unique 'sammelband' book containing several separately printed pamphlets, titled on the spine: Orations By and Correspondence of President John Adams, Presented to General Wool by John Quincy Adams. Hardcover bound in contemporary sheep with gilt spine titling. General John Ellis Wool served in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and—at age 77—the Civil War, making him the oldest active general officer on either side. (Estimate: $5,000+)

Among other highlights are documents by signers of the Declaration of Independence, including a Thomas Jefferson twice-signed letter. The Revolutionary War-dated one-page handwritten letter as governor, signed "Th: Jefferson," May 14, 1780. Letter to Colonel Anthony Walton White, "of the Virginia horse in South Carolina," in full: "I do myself the pleasure of transmitting to you the inclosed advice of Council and order in answer to your application to us. The board of trade inform me they have & shall immediately forward to the Southward such stores as will amount to about half the annual allowance." Jefferson addresses the reverse of the second integral page and adds his signature to the upper left. (Estimate: $6,000+)

In addition, the online offering includes a wealth of Supreme Court justices; and leading figures of world history. For more information, go to

Courtesy of the Eric Carle Museum

Amherst, MA — The Carle is proud to present ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, an exhibition featuring inspiring artworks created by more than 20 of today's leading picture-book artists during the global pandemic. The online exhibition will go live on May 26. Each illustrator is sharing one artwork, a self-portrait taken in their studio, and a statement about their selection. The art ranges from drawings to film to sculptural objects, demonstrating the remarkable range and talent in the illustration field. The exhibition poignantly speaks to the many ways the creative community seeks comfort and hope during a difficult time.

Illustrator and author Mo Willems has co-organized the exhibition with Ellen Keiter, The Carle's chief curator. "Mo has been a long-time supporter of the Museum, and knew we had to close our doors in March. He approached us with the idea for the exhibition, feeling it was a way he and other artists could support our mission and the many people who are counting on picture books, especially at this time," says Keiter.

Among the award-winning artists are Beatrice Alemagna, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Raúl Colón, Elisha Cooper, Carson Ellis, Marla Frazee, Michaela Goade, Katie Harnett, Vashti Harrison, Ryan T. Higgins, Will Hillenbrand, Hadley Hooper, Julie Morstad, LeUyen Pham, Amber Ren, Dan Santat, Peter Sís, David Small, Melissa Sweet, and Mo Willems.

In the invitation that he and Keiter sent to the artists, inviting them to participate, Willems said: "This is a terrible time. But we have Science and Art. Science will find the solutions. Art will provide the solace."

Exhibition viewers will be encouraged to share the art that they have been making at home during this difficult spring (using #CarleArtInPlace). ART in PLACE is the latest virtual offering from The Carle, and the first digital exhibition the Museum has organized. During its temporary closure, the Museum has been posting online resources for children and adults, all greatly in need of virtual options while they shelter at home. Field trips, collections tours, and inventive art and reading activities are all now available digitally. New content continues to be added on The Carle's Vimeo and YouTube channels and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @carlemuseum. More information is at

ART in PLACE has been made possible by the generous members and donors who support The Carle. Donations of any size are welcome and encouraged and can be made at

Credit: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Portrait of the See Family, including Fong See (second from left) and Letticie "Ticie" Pruett (second from right) and their five children, 1914. Unknown photographer.

San Marino, CA — The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired the papers of Gilbert, Florence, and Leslee See Leong, members of two of the earliest and most prominent Chinese American families in Los Angeles: the Leong family and the See family. The See family's story was chronicled by novelist Lisa See (b. 1955) in her nonfiction memoir, On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of a Chinese-American Family.

The collection includes the papers of the Leong family, including Gilbert Leong (1911–1996), a major Chinese American architect in his time and one of the founders of East West Bank; his wife, Florence See Leong (1909–1989); and their daughter, Leslee See Leong (b. 1945), the current owner of F. Suie One Co., a highly regarded Asian antique store in Pasadena, California. The store was established in 1888 and is believed to be the oldest continually operating Asian antique business in the Los Angeles area.

The collection also contains materials from the See family, a small number of architectural drawings by Gilbert Leong, and drawings by the Chinese-born American painter, animator, muralist, and lithographer Tyrus Wong (1910–2016), famous for his contributions to animated films, including The Walt Disney Co.’s “Bambi” (1942). Among Wong’s works in the collection are drawings, calligraphy, homemade Christmas cards, and a set of hand drawn menus that he designed for the See family, who owned the Dragon’s Den restaurant near Chinatown.

Highlights of the newly acquired materials include portrait photos of Fong See, the patriarch of the See family, in Sacramento during the 1870s; a family portrait of him with his wife Letticie Pruett and their five children; and photos of the family on a trip to China in the 1920s and the passports they carried. In addition to family correspondence, there are photos of store merchandise from 1910–1920, business letters, and many photos of Fong See’s antique shops around Los Angeles.

“Fong See came to the U.S. in the 1870s,” said Li Wei Yang, curator of Pacific Rim collections at The Huntington. “He established himself at first in Sacramento by producing and selling fancy underwear for Chinese and American prostitutes. He later met and married Pruett, who encouraged him to pursue other enterprises. They eventually moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles and founded their antique store, F. Suie One Co.”

Many of the materials in the collection relate to the F. Suie One business, including a shipment manifest and other business records from the 1930s; business cards, boxes, and paper bags; photos of store branches across Los Angeles; and exterior and interior photos of F. Suie One Co. locations during the 1960s.

The collection also includes Leong family photograph albums, a few panoramic photographs of Chinese American weddings in the 1930s, and photographs of Gilbert Leong and Tyrus Wong.

The Huntington houses an array of materials for the study of the Pacific Rim. Geographical coverage is strongest for China, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, and California, with a current collecting emphasis on Japanese American and Chinese American history in Southern California. Previous acquisitions include the Hong Family Papers, donated in 2006, which contain the legal files of Y. C. Hong, one of the first Chinese American immigration attorneys in California and the United States. The Hong papers include immigration files related to Fong See’s journey to China in the 1920s to visit relatives and purchase antiques for his business.

“As scholars have shown more and more interest in studying the migration and ethnicities of individuals and communities along the Pacific Rim, The Huntington has increased its focus on collecting materials that support such research,” said Sandra L. Brooke, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “The Gilbert, Florence, and Leslee See Leong archive fits perfectly with the Library’s collecting initiative and will provide scholars with excellent material for better understanding the Chinese American experience in both a regional and transpacific context.”

Courtesy of Freeman's

P.G. Wodehouse’s Pocket Watch, which was elaborately engraved with the author’s monogram, sold for $4,375.

Philadelphia— Continuing its success with private collections and single-owner sales, Freeman’s achieved a 96% sell-through rate for its May 7 auction of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection of William Toplis. The house is pleased to add this strong sell-through rate for a single-owner collection to its list of recent single-owner sale successes.

Comprising nearly 200 lots that included first editions, manuscripts, original art, sheet music, libretti, scripts, and much more, the comprehensive, albeit niche, collection elicited interest from Wodehouse aficionados worldwide.

As a result of a robust digital marketing campaign combined with direct outreach to Wodehouse societies and collectors around the globe, 40% of buyers in this auction were new to Freeman’s--a statistic that is consistent with the company’s average for online auctions in 2020. Aggressive and lengthy bidding wars erupted for many of the collection’s most covetable lots, driving selling prices far past their pre-sale estimates.

Most notably, Lot 177: P.G. Wodehouse’s Pocket Watch, which was elaborately engraved with the author’s monogram, sold for over ten times its high estimate to achieve $4,375. The sale was led by Lot 24: A corrected typescript of Do Butlers Burgle Banks, which featured extensive autographs revisions and annotations in pencil and red and blue ink by Wodehouse himself; the lot exceeded expectations to sell for $8,750.

Selling works from private & corporate collections --whether as stand-alone single-owner sales or featured works within departmental auctions--is considered to be one of Freeman’s strongest areas of achievement.  Recent successes include The Collection of Robert J. Morrison; The Collection of Richard E. Oldenburg; The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer; The Jeff Hunter Collection; and The Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton.

Courtesy of Christie's

London — Christie’s Beyond Worlds: Fine Books & Manuscripts online auction, open for bidding from 14 May to 4 June, will present a collection of 12 drawings by Sir Quentin Blake, sold to benefit Comic Relief. The series, titled Imaginary Friends, has been created exclusively by Sir Quentin Blake to raise funds for Comic Relief and illustrate the imaginary companions people in isolation may dream of. Money raised by the drawings will go to charities in the UK and around the world that urgently need support to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sir Quentin Blake commented: “When I was asked to make some drawings for Comic Relief I naturally thought of all those people isolated by lockdown, and I realised that I voluntarily spend quite lot of time on my own, with pen in hand, drawing imaginary friends (well, not always friends, actually).  What I have produced is a dozen imaginary friends whom I thought might be interesting.  I think my own choice would be the girl with the cocktail but I hope there may be imaginary friends here for all kinds of people on their own.”
The sale will also present a further selection of illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake to benefit Greenpeace and Survival International.