Peter Harrington, one of the world’s largest rare booksellers, is attending the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair this October with 75 of its finest rare books, each of which has a fascinating history. The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 10am - 6pm on Saturday October 13th and from 11am - 4pm on Sunday October 14th.
Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harrington, says “We are bringing with us some absolutely fascinating rare books which we have specially selected to be of interest to visitors to this fair. Do come and visit us if you can to see these incredible historic books and to talk to our experts on the stand.”
Items on display will include:
The Second Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies by William Shakespeare (1632) which is the earliest practically obtainable edition of the greatest single volume in English literature ($358,000);
A first edition of Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934) which is inscribed by the author to his sometimes lover Margaret Case Harriman “For Margaret Harriman, who has inspired all my books this tale of our life together in Switzerland, France & USSR from Her Chattel F. Scott Fitzgerald July 1935” ($42,300);
A first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) inscribed by the author Mark Twain “To Miss Annie Price from the Author, with Merry Christmas 1887.” Annie Price was the niece of Twain’s fellow author Charles Dudley Warner ($117,000);
One of the 5,150 paperback first editions of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) by JK Rowling ($6,500);
A Tribute in Words & Pictures by Margaret Thatcher (2005) inscribed to her son, “Mark Lots of love Mum”. The book was produced for Margaret Thatcher’s 80th birthday but this copy wasn’t presented to Mark and was retained in her personal library ($5,800);
African Game Trails by Theodore Roosevelt (1910) first edition, inscribed by Roosevelt ($4,200);
A first edition of In His Own Write by John Lennon (1964). This was his first book, which was also illustrated by him and was signed by him too and is therefore exceedingly rare. It was also the first solo project by a member of the Beatles ($9,750);
Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway (1932). This first edition is inscribed by Hemingway, “To Bob Kriendler with best wishes from his friend Ernest Hemingway”. The recipient was Robert “Bob” Kriendler, who ran, with his brothers, the iconic speakeasy 21 Club, one of Hemingway's favorite New York watering holes. Bob Kriendler persuaded his brother Jack to stock the books of their famous author-customers and often, a customer who bought a book discovered that the author was in the club, so he could depart not only having eaten a good meal, but with a signed first edition ($19,500);
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (1924) which is his first collection of short stories. This is a first edition numbered 69 of the 170 copies printed ($71,600).
Image: A Signed First Edition of In His Own Write by John Lennon, 1964 ($9,750)