Heritage Auctions is holding three auctions in Beverly Hills in mid-September and each of them will be of interest to those who covet valuable paper:
On Monday, September 12th The Jerry Weist Collection of 20th century books and book-related art with an emphasis on monsters, science fiction and fantasy; with an online session later on the 12th and continuing on Tuesday the 13th with over 1,000 lots each opening bidding at $1.
On Tuesday the 13th the Historical Manuscripts & Autographs floor auction will take place; with an online session on Wednesday the 14th.
On the afternoon of the 13th Rare Books. With an online session in the afternoon of Wednesday the 14th.
Three elaborate color catalogues have been prepared. For most items the bidding begins at half of the low estimate.
The firm held its first Beverly Hills sale in February 2010 and has been steadily building a west coast clientele. This past year Heritage also opened a gallery in New York. The company runs auctions across a wide range of collectibles, has an enormous following and a common accounting system that permits Heritage members to bid and buy in any of their categories and bid electronically at any location.
Here is a description of these sales.
The Jerry Weist Collection is very 20th century. It’s books and paperbacks, art and illustration with the focus on fantasy. It’s an important single owner sale and is offered with very reasonable estimates.
Some interesting lots
Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, . First edition. Number 199 of 200 limited edition copies, signed by Bradbury on the limitation page. Octavo. 199 pages. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Publisher's binding of Johns-Manville Quinterra, "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis."
Edward E. Smith, Ph.D. The History of Civilization: Triplanetary, First Lensman, Galactic Patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen, Children of the Lens. Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, Inc., 1955. Special six-volume set in the publisher's rare original red cardboard box (no lid). Number 37 of 75 sets signed and inscribed in the first volume and signed by the author in the remaining volumes on a limitation page bound into each volume.
H. P. Lovecraft. The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Everett: Visionary Publishing Company, 1936. First edition ("Published, April, 1936" on the copyright page). Twelvemo. 158 pages. Publisher's black cloth with silver lettering (Currey binding B). In the rare dust jacket variant on white paper with silver lettering on the front panel and spine matching that from the cloth binding, with no illustration (Currey dust jacket variant 3).