Current Timed Auction

Fine Literature

Soft close begins Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 10am EDT
2021-06-22 10:00:00 2021-06-22 18:00:00 America/New_York Fine Literature Bidding Will Close on Tuesday, June 22 Beginning at 10am. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. Online Only Doyle [email protected]
Bid Live Online Now

Bidding Will Close on Tuesday, June 22 Beginning at 10am

Viewings by Appointment


Online Only

Download Lot Listing PDF
  • Timed Auction of Fine Literature Closing on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 10am
  • Featuring Property from the Julius and Theodore Cohn Library and the Collection of the Late William Safire
  • We Invite You to Contact Us for a Complimentary Auction Appraisal of Your Fine Books & Ephemera

Please email [email protected]
Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in New York
Safety protocols will be in place.

NEW YORK, NY -- The Fine Literature timed auction closing on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 10am offers a diverse selection of 18th to 20th works of fiction, children’s books and original illustration, private press and fine bindings.

The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library
The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library offers important  works collected by two generations. Important works by women authors are well represented including Fanny Burney’s Evelina, Or, A Young Lady's Entrance into the World (1778) and Camilla: Or a Picture of Youth (1796), all the major works of George Eliot in publisher’s cloth including Middlemarch, and the rare first edition of Ellen Wood’s East Lynne, 1861, the best-selling novel of nineteenth-century England. The collection is also rich in long-collected authors whose first editions are bibliographically complex such as a fine sets in boards of both Lord Byron’s Don Juan, 1819-24 and Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, 1820, along with several rare works by Washington Irving. Works by 19th century American authors include one of just 50 copies on Japan vellum of Stephen Crane’s rare second book The Black Riders and Other Lines, a fine copy with an inserted letter of Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years before the Mast, and a bright true first edition of Henry David Thoreau’s 1849 first book A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Presentation copies by Lewis Carroll include The Nursery Alice and Sylvie and Bruno. Finally, a beautiful exhibition binding by Rivière William Hazlitt’s Liber Amoris highlights the selection. Having purchased in many of the most prominent collection auctions from the 1930s-50s, The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library offers such provenance as Walter Chrysler, Arthur Swann, Jean Hersholt, John C. Eckel, Thomas Bird Mosher, Frank J. Hogan, Jerome Kern among others. View Lots

The Collection of the Late William Safire
From the Collection of the Late William Safire, the renowned political advisor and speechwriter and longtime writer of The New York Times On Language column, comes a bevy of works appealing to any wordsmith. Safire’s collection includes a quantity of books by the great American writers Mark Twain and Herman Melville, notably his first issue copy of Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) and the three volume Rockwell Kent illustrated edition of Melville’s Moby Dick; or The Whale. Signed editions of Virginia Woolf, Antoine de Saint Exupery, and Eugene O’Neill are offered along with a group of inscribed volumes from John Le Carré. A rare work on language is the 1851 edition of Thomas Jefferson’s An essay towards facilitating instruction in the Anglo-Saxon, printed for the use of the University of Virginia, and many other early and leather bound works on language. View Lots

20th Century Literature
In 20th century literature, the auction includes a first edition in dust jacket of Erskine Caldwell’s Tobacco Road, John Steinbeck’s rare The First Watch, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s All The Sad Young Men, William Burrough’s Naked Lunch and the signed limited edition of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.

Autograph Letters & Original Illustration
Autograph letters include examples of Leo Tolstoy and Marcel Proust. Finally, a very fine drawing by E.H. Shepard embeds Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet among the text of a 1932 letter to Curtis Brown, A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard's literary agent. Shepard rarely drew Pooh outside of the published books and infrequently in color as here.

Bidding in the timed online auction will close on Tuesday, June 22 beginning at 10am. 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.

Please note that all purchases are subject to a Buyer's Premium
Payment can be made in the following ways:
· By credit card (an additional 3% fee will be charged)
· By wire transfer. For instructions, please email [email protected]

For information, please contact [email protected]

We Invite You to Auction!

Consignments are currently being accepted. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.

For information, please contact Edward Ripley-Duggan at 212-427-4141, ext 234, or Peter Costanzo at ext. 248, or email [email protected]

Bidding Services

Alanna Sutherland
212-427-4141, ext 242
Fax: 212-427-7526
[email protected]

Sales Specialists

Peter Costanzo
212-427-4141, ext 248
[email protected]

Media Contact

Louis LeB. Webre
SVP, Marketing & Media
212-427-4141, ext 232
[email protected]

  • Estate of Ambassador and Mrs. Evan G. Galbraith
  • Estate of Florence and Judge David Edelstein
  • Estate of Joan Twigg
  • From the Collection of the late William Safire
  • Property of Jason Epstein and Judith Miller
  • The Celeste Holm Collection
  • The Collection of Dorothea Benton Frank
  • The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library

A Selection of Auction Highlights