Past Timed Auction

20th Century Literature

Soft close begins Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 12pm EST
  • Online-Only Auction of 20th Century Literature
  • Sale Will Close on Thursday, November 15 beginning at Noon EDT
  • Public Exhibition on November 10-12

NEW YORK, NY -- Alongside Doyle's Rare Books auction this November will run an online auction devoted to 20th Century Literature from a New York Collection. This auction of 168 lots includes major works of American and English fiction, drama and poetry with a focus on signed books, rare editions in dust jackets, proof copies and scarce copies of important author's first books. The collection will be available for viewing at Doyle during the exhibition of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps from November 10-12 and the online auction will close on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Noon EDT.

Ernest Hemingway is well represented including a first edition in the art deco dust jacket of his World War I classic, A Farewell to Arms (lot 70), Green Hills Of Africa (lot 71), his memoir of Paris, A Movable Feast (lot 76) and the uncommon introduction he provided to Morrill Cody's 1937 This Must Be The Place: Memoirs of Jimmie the Barman (lot 34) with tales of Paris' famous expat watering hole, the Dingo Bar. Several first trade editions by William Faulkner in pictorial dust jackets are available including a good copy of Go Down Moses (lot 50), The Hamlet (lot 52), and several others. A fine copy of Jack Kerouac's Big Sur (lot 85) is offered as is his Vanity of Duluoz (lot 86).

Signed copies of many classics include Saul Bellow's Herzog (lot 17) and Mr. Sammler's Planet (lot 16), John Le Carre's The Looking Glass War (lot 90), Norman Mailer's Barbary Shore (lot 96), and many others.

Some rather scarce editions are present, such as the first American edition of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios (lot 4) which was published in England as The Mask of Dimitrios. Equally uncommon is Jean Paul Satre's first book published in America, No Exit & The Flies (lot 122) and the first American edition in dust jacket of Evelyn Waugh's satire Vile Bodies (lot 152) originally titled "Bright Young Things."

Of note are the first editions of novels that were made into many of the most beloved and challenging films of the 20th century such as Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got his Gun (lot 143), Ian Fleming's Moonraker (lot 59), Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman (lot 115), Walter Lord's A Night to Remember (lot 94), Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope (lot 378), Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (lot 139), James Leo Herlihy's Midnight Cowboy (lot 78) and others.

Interesting advance or uncorrected proof copies abound, some bearing signatures of the author, including John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (lot 29), Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day (lot 81), Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera (lot 100), and Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift (lot 18).

The Jewish American experience is another dominant theme and offers some obscurities such as the true first edition of Daniel Fuchs' Summer in Williamsburg (lot 61). Others include the scarce English translation in extremely fine condition of Job (lot 119), by the Austrian Jewish author Joseph Roth, himself collapsed dead in Paris in 1939 and his wife murdered in the Nazi eugenics program. I.F. Stone's postwar Underground to Palestine (136) is present with the review card with Albert Einstein's endorsement laid-in.

Aviation works include the uncommon first American edition of Antoine Saint-Exupery's novel of his experiences as a mail pilot in Night Flight (lot 121), an inscribed copy of Mary Lee Settle's All the Brave Promises (lot 124), her memoir of experience as an American in the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and Humphrey Cobb's Paths of Glory (lot 33) which was made into the excellent 1957 film by Stanley Kubrick.

Drama is well represented by a signed copy of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (lot 2), signed copies of Arthur Miller's first book Situation Normal (lot 104) and A View from the Bridge (lot 105), a signed copy of Tennessee Williams' early play Battle of Angels (lot 156) and his popular Suddenly Last Summer (lot 158).

This online auction presents an opportunity for both seasoned and new collectors to add to their collections and all are encouraged to come view the books during the public exhibition.

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Bidding in the current timed online-only auction will close on Thursday, November 15 beginning at Noon EDT. Lots will close sequentially, one lot per minute, with a soft close. Should any bids be placed in the final minute, bidding will remain open on that lot for one additional minute.

All of the books will be on public exhibition at Doyle on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card or wire transfer. The final purchase price will include the successful hammer price plus the Buyer’s Premium of 25% and any applicable sales tax.

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