Rare Journal of a Young Privateer Rediscovered in a Linen Closet

  A treasure was recently found in a strange hiding place – a linen closet in Kansas City. While the relatives of Margaret Davis sorted her estate, they came across the handwritten journal of one of their ancestors: Christopher Hawkins. His journal was penned in 1834 when he was 70 years old, and it recounts his tales as a young privateer during the Revolutionary War. At the tender age of 13 years old, apprentice Christopher Hawkins turned privateer to help … Continued


Agatha Christie Manuscript Notebook Going to Auction

agatha christie manuscript notebook - listed by Lucius Books on Biblio

 

Agatha Christie wrote out her brainstorming and inspiration in handwritten notebooks, and now James Hallgate of Lucius Books has one of those notebooks up for auction.

Lucius Books, who sells on Biblio, has the manuscript notebook listed for sale. You can browse the listing on Biblio here.

From their description: “Manuscript notebook, written entirely in the hand of Agatha Christie containing 175 pages of notes relating in depth to the Miss Marple novel “A Murder Is Announced” (here with the working title “A Murder Has Been Arranged”) and the play “Spider’s Web”. With further notes relating to the novel “They Do It With Mirrors”, a page regarding the play “Miss Perry”, an alternative plot for “A Pale Horse”, notes for a Mary Westmacott novel, jottings of autobiography, a room sketch to illustrate the layout for a murder and much more.”

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An unassuming notebook containing a wealth of inspiration from Agatha Christie

The auction will take place at the “China in Print” fair, whih features rare books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. The fair runs through November 17-19 at the Maritime Museum in Hong Kong.

Lucius Books (ABA, ILAB) is located in York. They carry a high quality stock of first editions, signed copies, bound sets and childrens & illustrated books with some original art. Browse their full inventory on Biblio.

If you are a fan of Dame Agatha Christie, you can browse her rare and collectible titles here.

 

 

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Pre-Fire Chicago Map Sells for $200,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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J.T. Palmatary’s rare birds-eye view of pre-fire Chicago sold just shy of $200,000 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ September 13 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction conducted in Chicago. It was printed in 1857 by Braunhold & Sonne and is one of four known copies. The three other copies are held by the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum.
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A Form Worthy of Its Contents: The Folio Society at 70

A Form Worthy of Its Contents: The Folio Society at 70: Biblio and Fine Books & Collectionsby Barbara Basbanes Richter, reprinted with permission from Fine Books & Collections

This year marks seventy years since The Folio Society began publishing beautiful editions of global literary classics. To mark the occasion, the publishing house is offering a showstopping selection of titles in its fall catalog–Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, a two-volume set of The Little Prince, and other great books. In addition, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled The Artful Book, featuring illustrated books, bindings, and original artwork from the Folio Society’s vast archives. Highlights include commissions from illustrators like Quentin Blake, Sara Ogilvie, Kate Baylay, Neil Packer, and many others. (more…)

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Some Farm: E.B. White’s Maine Home for Sale

by Barbara Basbanes Richter, reprinted with permission from Fine Books & Collections The house that inspired E.B. White’s classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web is for sale. Including a circa 1795 farmhouse and 40+ acres of farmland nestled on Allen Cove in Blue Hill Bay with views of Acadia National Park, the property is listed with Downeast Properties for $3.7 million. White’s story of how a spider named Charlotte convinced a farmer to save the Wilbur the pig from the dinner … Continued


Massive Freud Collection for Sale

By Barbara Basbanes Richter

Bronze relief portrait medallion. 1906. 60 mm diameter.

 

The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop recently announced the sale of a massive 750-piece collection dedicated to the life and works of the father of modern psychology and psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.

The collection includes a comprehensive representation of Freud’s published works from the 1880s to the 1940s. Freud was is one of the field’s most prolific authors, and many of the books in this collection are in their original printed wrappers. A run of 22 rare offprints–galley proofs, presentation and association copies–is believed to be the largest such collection in private hands.

Also among the items are etchings, lithographs, bronze medallions, and photographs of Freud, many of which are signed by the doctor. In addition to manuscripts, correspondence, and psychoanalytic journals, are nearly 80 books that Freud had donated to the Vienna Psychoanalytical Society, remarkable because the Nazis dissolved the society and destroyed the library in 1938. This cache was secretly saved.

Believed to be one of the most thorough private collections on Freud, the entire collection is being offered for $350,000. For a detailed inventory, contact Stephan Lowentheil at 19th Century Rare Book and Photograph shop at http://www.19thshop.com/

Browse related collectible books:

Sigmund Freud Books

Psychology Rare Book Room

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Zelda’s Paper Dolls at Auction

Living in the shadow of her husband, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald was a writer and, as evidenced by this incredible set of painted paper dolls, a visual artist too. Zelda had married Fitzgerald in 1920, and their lives were famously wild, unscripted, and discordant. Her biographer Nancy Milford suggests that Zelda began painting in the mid-1920s, perhaps to express her mercurial emotions. She began making paper dolls in 1927, “most likely as a way to engage with her then 6-year-old daughter Frances ‘Scottie’ Fitzgerald,” according to Sotheby’s. (more…)

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Muriel Spark’s Writing Table Heads to Auction

By Rebecca Rego Barry

Muriel Spark is less read in America than in her native Great Britain, which is a shame since she is one of the “50 greatest British writers since 1945,” landing at No. 8, ahead of the more popular Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, and A.S. Byatt. Spark, who was born in Scotland in 1918, published novels, short stories, and poems from the late 1950s until 2004, two years before her death. She is perhaps best known for her novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), although three other novels were shortlisted for the Booker Prize; she was also awarded a Golden PEN Award.

Muriel Spark’s Writing Table Heads to Auction - from Fine Books & Collections and Biblio.com

On May 17, this elegant wooden table, “said to be the table at which Muriel Spark wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” goes to auction in Edinburgh. The table had belonged to the author’s parents, and, according to the auctioneer, “Spark is thought to have come to her parents’ home in Edinburgh for six weeks to work on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at this small table.” Her parents presumably willed the table to Spark’s estranged son, the artist Robin Spark, who died last year.

The auction estimate is £300-400 ($387-516), an incredible bargain for a Spark fan. Spark’s archives are at the National Library of Scotland.

Image via Lyon & Turnbull

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Muriel Spark – First Editions

Ephemera & Collectibles owned by Authors & Celebrities

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Fanny Kemble’s Manuscript Cookbook

It’s here: Rare Book Week Boston. So all week on the blog of Fine Books & Collections, we’ll be highlighting items from the book fairs, auction, or events going on this week and weekend. For today’s installment, we take a page from our fall issue feature on collecting cookbooks and highlight the manuscript recipe book of actress and author Fanny Kemble. It will be on offer from Rabelais Books at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning Friday evening. Kemble … Continued


The Great Omar: The Jewel of Sangorski & Sutcliffe

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The Great Omar by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (image credit Wikipedia)

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