Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

Christie's
New York

Date of the auction: 25.10.2019

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An unrecorded broadside

An unrecorded broadside Edgar Allan Poe, 1841 POE, Edgar Allan (1809-1849) – Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine. [Philadelphia, 1841.] A rare broadside for the January 1842 issue of Graham's Magazine with mention of editor Edgar A. Poe . Poe joined Graham's in 1841 after an unsuccessful

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Rare broadside

Rare broadside Walt Whitman, 1872 WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). Walt Whitman's Books . [Washington, D.C. 1872.] A rare broadside designed by Walt Whitman for distribution in bookstores. RBH records only two copies selling at auction in the past 20 years. It advertises four of the author's most recent

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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The manuscript for a minimalist masterpiece

The manuscript for a minimalist masterpiece Steve Reich, 1971 REICH, Stephen Michael (b.1936). Autograph manuscript, a fair copy, signed twice ("Steve Reich"), 8 May 1971. Eight leaves, 356 x 280mm, vellum, rectos only (each leaf tipped to a larger piece of cardstock). Provenance : Steve Reich

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$18,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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The Holy Grail of detective fiction

The Holy Grail of detective fiction The Maltese Falcon, 1930 HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961). The Maltese Falcon . New York: Knopf, 1930. The first edition of one of the most influential detective novels ever written, in its iconic dust jacket, with a rare inscription from the author : "For Holly and

Lot #: 35

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Hammett's favorite work, in the rare jacket

Hammett's favorite work, in the rare jacket The Glass Key, 1931 HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961). The Glass Key . London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First edition in the scarce original dust jacket . The London printing of The Glass Key appeared on 20 January 1931, preceding New York's by just over three

Lot #: 39

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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The first Bond — James Bond

The first Bond — James Bond Casino Royale, 1953 FLEMING, Ian (1908-1964). Casino Royale . London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. An exceptionally fine copy of the first edition of the first James Bond novel. This copy is the best we have seen of a rare and fragile book, Ian Fleming's first. It retains the

Lot #: 45

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Nash's doctoral thesis

Nash's doctoral thesis Non-Cooperative Games, 1951 NASH, JR. John Forbes (1928-2015). "Non-Cooperative Games." Offprint from: Annals of Mathematics , pp. 286-295, Vol 54, No 2, September 1951. First edition, offprint issue of Nash's doctoral thesis, formulating the theory of non-cooperative games

Lot #: 60

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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For his brilliant insight into human behavior

For his brilliant insight into human behavior John Forbes Nash, Jr., 1994 The 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences awarded to John Forbes Nash, Jr. for his contributions to Game Theory, namely introducing the "distinction between cooperative games, in which binding agreements can be made, and

Lot #: 61

Estimate: US$500,000 - US$800,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Maria Sibylla Merian's great plate books on insects

Maria Sibylla Merian's great plate books on insects Amsterdam, 1719 & 1730 MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717). Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium. Amsterdam: J. Oosterwyk, 1719. [ With: ] –. De Europische Insecten. Amsterdam: J.F. Bernard, 1730. The works of the

Lot #: 115

Estimate: US$180,000 - US$250,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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America’s first banned book, lampooning the Puritans

America’s first banned book, lampooning the Puritans Thomas Morton, 1637 MORTON, Thomas (1564-1659). New English Canaan or New Canaan. Containing an Abstract of New England, Composed of three Books. Amsterdam: Jacob Frederick Stam, 1637. The Brinley copy of the first edition of America’s first

Lot #: 81

Estimate: US$35,000 - US$45,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Granting ''Anthony the Turk'' land in Brooklyn

Granting "Anthony the Turk" land in Brooklyn Willem Kieft, 27 May 1643 KIEFT, Willem (1598-1647). Manuscript document signed ("Willem Kieft") as Director of New Netherland, Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland, 27 May 1643. Endorsed on the verso by Peter STUYVESANT (1592-1672), c. 1647. One page, 179 x

Lot #: 82

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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For refining Nash's work

For refining Nash's work Reinhard Selten, 1994 The 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences awarded to Reinhard Selten for his contributions to Game Theory, namely as the first person to "refine the Nash equilibrium concept for analyzing dynamic strategic interaction." SELTEN, Reinhard (1930-2016). The

Lot #: 62

Estimate: US$200,000 - US$300,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Stemming the Panic of 1792

Stemming the Panic of 1792 Alexander Hamilton, 25 March 1792 HAMILTON, Alexander (1757-1804). Autograph letter signed ("A Hamilton") as Secretary of the Treasury to William Seton, President of the Bank of New York, Philadelphia, 25 March 1792. Five pages, 225 x 190mm, 2 bifolia with integral

Lot #: 89

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Working drafts by Thoreau

Working drafts by Thoreau Boston, 1863 THOREAU, Henry David (1817-1862). Two autograph manuscripts, working drafts from "Life Without Principal" and "Walking," Boston, 1862-1863. Four pages on two leaves, 193 x 247mm and 190 x 237mm, in brown ink, several autograph corrections and insertions in

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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With autograph card and signed photograph

With autograph card and signed photograph Walt Whitman, 1876 WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). Two Rivulets Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India . Camden, 1876. First edition, first printing, with the author's autograph card and signed sepia photograph : "Dear Sir yours of

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick Herman Melville, 1851 MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891). Moby-Dick; or The Whale . New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. A fine, unrestored copy of the first American edition, first binding, the Webster copy. The American edition of Melville's 1851 whaling novel contained some thirty-five passages

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Presentation copy to Marilyn Monroe, star of the film

Presentation copy to Marilyn Monroe, star of the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1925 MARILYN MONROE – LOOS, Anita (1889-1981). Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . New York: Boni and Liveright, 1925. Marilyn Monroe’s copy—inscribed to her by the author—of the book that inspired the iconic musical in which she

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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The nihilistic masterpiece, inscribed

The nihilistic masterpiece, inscribed Louis-Ferdinand Céline, 1932 CÉLINE, Louis-Ferdinand (1894-1961). Voyage au bout de la nuit . Paris: Denoël et Steel, 1932. Céline's first novel, inscribed : "A Mon Phineas Good / Très cordial hommage / D'un plaisir a New York / L.F. Celine." Louis Ferdinand

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Letters to a young writer

Letters to a young writer J.D. Salinger, 1950s SALINGER, J.D. (1919-2010). A group of ten letters, comprising one autograph and five typed letters signed ("Jerry," "J," and "J.D. Salinger"), together with four typed letters signed in type ("Whitey," "JDS," and "J.D. Salinger"), to Rose-Ellen Currie

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$18,000 - US$25,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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''Writers are born, not made (ask Balzac)''

"Writers are born, not made (ask Balzac)" Kerouac, Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, et al, 1960 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE – a group of five completed author surveys returned to James Sherlock, c. November 1960, comprising: BRADBURY, Ray (1920-2012), typed manuscript signed ("Ray Bradbury"), three pages

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Philip Roth's Typewriter

Philip Roth's Typewriter Signed, c.1974-6 ROTH, Philip (1933-2018). An IBM Seletric II Correcting typewriter, c.1974-1976, signed ("Philip Roth 1/11/07") in silver ink on the top of the ribbon spool cover. Serial No. Z 140-6236-6 (currently not in working order, but appears to be complete with no

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$5,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Love letters to Beverly Bentley

Love letters to Beverly Bentley Miles Davis, 1959 DAVIS, Miles (1926-1991). Collection of three autograph letters signed (variously “Lady Bentley’s Lover”, “Your Man”, “Miles Loves Bentley Davis”) to Barbara Bentley, San Francisco & Minneapolis, c. April 1959. – Autograph note to Barbara Bentley

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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''Had we but World enough, and Time...''

"Had we but World enough, and Time..." Andrew Marvell, 1681 MARVELL, Andrew (1621-1678). Miscellaneous Poems . London: Robert Boulter, 1681. First edition of the principal collection of Marvell's poems , edited by his widow and "taken from exact copies, under his own handwriting, found since his

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Frankenstein! With autograph letter by the author

Frankenstein! With autograph letter by the author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1831 SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft (1797-1851). Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus . [ Bound with :] SCHILLER, Friedrich (1759-1805). The Ghost-Seer! London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. Third edition, with

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$12,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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''Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'''

"Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'" Edgar Allan Poe, 1845 POE, Edgar Allan (1809-1849). "The Raven" in The American Review. Volume I, number II. New York: Wiley and Putnam, February 1845 [but early January]. First printing of Poe's Raven , which appears anonymously on p. 143 as "by --- Quarles." The

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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''Please, sir, may I have some more please?''

"Please, sir, may I have some more please?" Charles Dickens, 1838 DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition, first issue, of the first English novel with a child hero. This first issue has the "Fireside" plate at

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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God Bless Us, Every One!

God Bless Us, Every One! Dickens's Christmas Carol, 1843 DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas . London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition, first issue , with "Stave I" as the first chapter heading, balance of text uncorrected, and red and blue

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Dracula, first issue

Dracula, first issue Bram Stoker, 1897 STOKER, Bram (1847-1912). Dracula . London: Archibald Constable, 1897. First edition, first issue, with correspondence from Bram Stoker and from the book's dedicatee "Hommy-Beg," aka Hall Caine. The first issue is without the advertisement for Stoker's The

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883 STEVENSON, Robert Louis (1850-1894). Treasure Island . London: Cassell & Company, 1883. "Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!" First edition Treasure Island, mixed issue points. Stevenson's classic tale of pirates, buried treasure, and disappointing father

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 25 Oct 2019

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''The Body Snatcher'' in original wrappers

"The Body Snatcher" in original wrappers Robert Louis Stevenson, 1884 STEVENSON, Robert Louis (1850-1894). "The Body Snatcher." Pp 3-12. In: Pall Mall Christmas Extra No. 13 . London: 1884. The first appearance in print, with rare original wrappers. This grisly tale about the anatomist K and his

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$3,500 - US$4,500

Date: 25 Oct 2019