On June 22, Christie's is privileged to offer the sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, including the finest collection of William Faulkner books and manuscripts. This unique collection comprises a virtually complete representation of Faulkner's work, with every major novel, each in an exceptional state of preservation.
Formed over a quarter century, this private collection includes over 80 lots of scarce manuscripts, ephemera, photographs and journal contributions, rarely seen in such completeness in the absolute finest condition and with outstanding provenance. No comparable collection of Faulkner material, with its focus on condition, diversity, and provenance, has ever appeared at auction.
Highlights from the collection of near mint copies of Faulkner's signed limited editions include: one of the rarest Faulkner volumes, novel Mosquitoes, 1927, (illustrated left, estimate: $20,000-30,000), first edition, first printing, and complete with its original "card player" dust jacket; and an immaculate copy of The Sound and the Fury, 1929, (estimate: $40,000-60,000) - a first edition of Faulkner's first great novel, this book is one of the most influential novels in American literature and is noted for the delicacy of its dust jacket.
Additional sale highlights are shown here.
Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana and a Fine Collection of William Faulkner, June 22 at 10 am
Viewing: Christie's Rockefeller Galleries June 18-21
Christie's, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in 2008 that totaled £2.8 billion/$5.1 billion. Christie's is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie's offers over 600 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie's has 70 offices in 30 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie's has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
*Estimates do not include buyer's premium