Literary Posters at Auction

by Rebecca Rego Barry

Alongside an array of vintage war, travel, and political posters on offer at Swann Galleries this week, a few gems that feature literary magazines caught my eye. I dare say these posters, particularly those that headline a coveted author, might be “gateway” buys that introduce book collectors to the poster market. If nothing else, they will enhance a wall and complement a full bookcase.

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Rudyard Kipling and Anthony Hope collectors might take special notice of this McClure’s poster from August 1895. The estimate is $400-600.

literary poster for The Bookman - Rare Finds from Fine Books Magazine & Biblio.com

Perhaps a favorite for this readership, this advertising poster for The Bookman, Christmas 1895, depicts a Benjamin Franklinesque character perusing a bookshop. The estimate is $400-600.

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According to Swann, this poster for the March 1907 issue of Scribner’s magazine is rarely seen at auction. It portrays a fashionable female reader with her Scribner’s magazine in hand. The estimate is $2,500-3,500.

literary poster - Rare Finds from Fine Books Magazine & Biblio.com

This Paris Review poster from 1983 was designed by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. It is signed and numbered by the artist, 75/100. The estimate is $700-1,000.

Posters as Ephemera

Posters: Rare Book Room on Biblio

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3 Responses to “Literary Posters at Auction”

  1. Im The Story

    Hi Rebecca, these literary posters are beautiful, especially McClure’s poster. Rudyard Kipling is one of my favorite authors and I love The Jungle Book. They are all perfect for Swann Galleries.

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  2. Jonathan Coleman

    Do you accept original movie posters for auction? These would be films based, for the most part, on literary works?

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  3. Jonathan Coleman

    Do you accept original movie posters for auction? These would be films based, for the most part, on literary works? Also, how do I sell rare books on your website. I do not have a website?

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