Auction of books in New York

G. Melville. Moby Dick. 1851. London. Estimate $60 000–80 000. Bonham’s. Fine Books & Manuscripts. New York, December 15

New York – On December 15, Bonham’s auction house will hold the auction Fine Books and Manuscripts. The sales will represent collection editions of books, archive documents, manuscripts, autographs of the celebrated persons of the past. The valuable lifetime edition of the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville printed in 1851 in Harper & Brother printing house in London is to be the most expensive lot. The book is in very good condition. The brown fabric cover is decorated with gold stamping and is slightly restored. The book is estimated at $60 000-80 000.

The next lot is a compilation of documents connected with life and work of famous American writer William Saroyan (1908–1981). The auction features the archive of correspondence of the author with publishers and relatives, working manuscripts of several works and even the entry visa of the USSR from 1970 when Saroyan traveled to Armenia across Moscow. The archive is estimated at $40 000-60 000. The printer’s sheet with a decree of the Congress of the United States from March 2, 1791 signed by Thomas Jefferson is highly estimated. The document is estimated at $25 000-35 000.

The manuscript of the second US president George Adams (1735–1826) is estimated at $20 000-25 000. The letter was written on March 8, 1823 in Kvince. The text has a personal character and concerns the heritages of Adams’ predecessor, the first US President George Washington.

In summary it is necessary to note 4 early editions of stories by English writer Alan Alexander Milne (1882–1956), the creator of immortal history of Winnie-the-Pooh. All the four books were issued by the London Methuen & Co publishing house during the period in 1924 – 1928. The lot is estimated at $15 000-20 000.

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