Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction
120 lots of books, manuscripts and a map rounds out Gray’s third specialized rare books auction of 2010 curated by Director of Books, Melanie Halloran. Live bidding will again be offered by Live Auctioneers allowing bidders all over the world to bid on such notable lots as Lot 54, a marvellous first edition of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker, the third James Bond novel he wrote, published by Jonathan Cape in London, in 1955. The dust jacket was designed by Kenneth Lewis and remains in good condition. An equally fun lot for the young at heart is Lot 79, an early edition of the first Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keane, ca 1931. Not for the faint of heart is Lot 44, 36 volumes of Charles Dickens collected works, including 2 volumes of The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forrester. Dickens himself edited the texts in 1867 – 68. Collected works also include a limited edition of Joseph Conrad’s at lot 33, numbered 282 of 735 sets of the "Sun-Dial Edition" signed by Conrad in the first volume. This is just a small selection from the Rare Books and Manuscripts auction taking place at Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers on Tuesday December 14, at 1pm.. In addition to live online bidding, there will be telephone bidding and absentee bidding offered directly through Gray's. The showrooms will be open for preview Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.
- Serena Harragin