Sothebys: The Library of Dr Rodney P Swantko, N11497, New York

Auction Details

Auction Report
Auction Date
June 26, 2024 - June 26, 2024
Page Size: 47 items in 2 pages

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Place Printed Year Published Estimate Actual Price
1 Adams, Ansel

Half Dome, Merced River

1938 USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD 600.00
2 Baum, L. Frank

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; first edition, presentation copy

Chicago & New York 1900 USD 120,000.00 - 180,000.00 USD 108,000.00
3 [Burke, Edmund --- French Revolution]

An Historical Sketch of the French Revolution

London 1792 USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 Not Sold
4 [Chicago Architecture]

The Architectural Work of Graham Anderson Probst & White, Chicago and Their Predecessors

London 1933 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 Not Sold
5 Clemens, Samuel Langhorne

A most attractive example of Clemens's first novel, the Swann copy

Hartford 1876 USD 18,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 22,800.00
6 Clemens, Samuel Langhorne

An exquisite example of Huckleberry Finn in blue cloth, the Doheny copy

New York 1885 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 48,000.00
7 Clemens, Samuel Langhorne

A fine, bright copy of Huckleberry Finn in green cloth

New York 1885 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 9,000.00
8 Dickens, Charles

An extraordinary presentation copy of the author's best-loved book

London 1843 USD 200,000.00 - 300,000.00 USD 228,000.00
9 Doyle, Arthur Ignatius Conan, Sir

The most significant Sherlock Holmes manuscript extant

1890 USD 800,000.00 - 1,200,000.00 USD 960,000.00
10 [Doyle, Arthur Ignatius Conan, Sir]

Sidney Paget's original illustration of "The Death of Sherlock Holmes"

1893 USD 250,000.00 - 350,000.00 USD 384,000.00
11 Doyle, Arthur Ignatius Conan, Sir

The Hound of the Baskervilles; perhaps the best-loved crime story

London 1902 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 7,200.00
12 [Doyle, Arthur Ignatius Conan, Sir] --- Vincent Starrett

The Unique Hamlet: "one of the rarest pieces of Sherlockiana"

Chicago 1920 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 Not Sold
13 [Doyle, Arthur Ignatius Conan, Sir] --- Vincent Starrett

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, a large paper dedication copy of this pinnacle of Sherlockiana

New York 1933 USD 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 USD 1,320.00
14 Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Beautiful and Damned; first edition, presentation copy to Harry Hansen

New York 1922 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 20,400.00
15 Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby; first edition, inscribed to Zelda's sister and her husband

New York 1925 USD 180,000.00 - 250,000.00 USD 336,000.00
16 Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Tender is the Night; first edition, inscribed to Donald Ogden Stewart

New York 1934 USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 Not Sold
17 Frost, Robert

A Boy's Will, signed by the author

London 1913 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,200.00
18 Frost, Robert

"Good fences make good neighbors."

London 1914 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 2,880.00
19 [Gaspey, Thomas, attributed]

Richmond; or, Scenes in the Life of a Bow Street Officer

New York 1827 USD 1,200.00 - 1,800.00 USD 840.00
20 Hemingway, Ernest

The author's first book, retaining the elusive glassine jacket

Paris: 1923 USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 Not Sold
21 [Irving, Washington]

The first appearances of "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

New York 1819-1820 USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 2,640.00
22 Kerouac, Jack

On the Road; first edition, inscribed to Joyce Johnson

New York 1957 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 120,000.00
23 Melville, Herman

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme."

New York; London 1851 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 21,600.00
24 Nabokov, Vladimir

Lolita; first edition, inscribed to Graham Greene with a butterfly

Paris 1955 USD 180,000.00 - 250,000.00 USD 264,000.00
25 Nabokov, Vladimir

Lolita; first American edition, inscribed to his wife Vera with a butterfly drawing

New York 1958 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 72,000.00
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.
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