Geest had a great love for literary works in the English language and focused his collecting on some of the best-known verse and prose by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Burton, Swift, Burns, and Johnson. His special interest in the development of the novel in the early modern period is highlighted by number of earliest gothic novels, including first editions of Horace Walpole’s The Castle at Otranto and Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland. Other important books include first editions of Hobbe’s Leviathan, Johnson’s Dictionary, and Spenser’s Faerie Queen, as well as Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus, as extracted from Shakespeare’s First Folio.
Additional notable highlights from the sale include a group of important works in economics and a run of illustrated 17th and 18th century continental imprints documenting and illustrating antiquities. These beautifully printed and illustrated books describe engraved Roman Gems and medals, oil lamps, signet rings, coins, ivory diptychs, and other treasures held in early modern European museums and collections.