A run of lots dedicated to Ernest Hemmingway are on offer, starting with a high school scrapbook kept by his classmate and signed three times in 1917 by Hemingway using playful nicknames ($600-900), ending with film rights contracts and letters addressed to Hemingway’s attorney concerning Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms ($1,500-2500). On sale too is an archive of letters from Ezra Pound, a 1950 typed letter signed by J.D. Salinger mentioning the completion of Catcher in the Rye ($7,000-10,000), and a typed letter signed by Kurt Vonnegut warning his brother in 1946 of the imminent nuclear destruction of humanity ($3,000-4,000).
The autographs portion of the sale concludes with contributions from Andy Warhol, who stamped the heads of ten black cows on a card he signed and inscribed to Robert Indiana ($3,500-5,000),.
The 19th and 20th century literature portion of the sale is led by one of the earliest known copies of Charles Dickens’ The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, London, 1837, one of an early few deemed a ‘Prime Pickwick’ with this copy bound in book form ($30,000-40,000); further Dickens’ titles include a first edition of A Christmas Carol in the original cloth ($4,500-6,000). Other notables include:
- a finely bound first American edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Boston, 1954-56, trilogy ($9,000-12,000)
- a group of five first editions from Lewis Carroll that includes a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London, 1866 ($6,000-9,000)
- one of 20 signed and numbered copies of Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, deluxe edition, London, 1920, by Ezra Pound, a limitation not seen at auction in two decades
Highlights from the art, press and illustrated book offerings include Das Werk von Gustav Klimt, Vienna, 1918, complete with all 50 plates ($25,000-35,000), a very elusive Edward Gorey item, Elefantômas, 1986, one of 26 signed and lettered sets ($10,000-15,000), and seldom seen artist proof copies of both Letters ($6,000-9,000) and Numbers, 1968 ($4,000-6,000), by Erté (Romain de Tirtoff).
The final portion of the sale consists of original illustration art, including cartoons and animation, examples of book and magazine works, fashion and theater-related material and others. Headlining this section is John Carleton Atherton’s Saturday Evening Post wartime cover design Fall Bounty, 1943 ($10,000-15,000). Other notables include a substantial group of drawings by Charles Schulz with nearly all the Peanuts core characters represented ($8,000-12,000) and a fine Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans ($5,000-7,500).