First editions abound in Turner Auctions book sale March 31

First editions

Color plate in ‘The Birds of California: A Complete Scientific and Popular Account of the 580 Species and Subspecies of Birds Found in the State’ by William Leon Dawson, 1923, complete four-volume set. Estimate: $400-$600. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer modern and historical books from the 16th to 20th centuries on Saturday, March 31. Offering over 170 lots from several collections and estates, the online sale features renowned modern books, some signed and/or with photographs; large multiple-volume leather-bound sets; literary collections of famous authors; a Thesaurus Sacrarum in Latin printed in 1585, with Old and New Testament Biblical stories; military works, including an 1861 map of Washington, D.C.; and groupings of assorted books. Many books are first or early editions. Others include engravings, illustrations, photographs and/or maps. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The sale presents a diverse selection of modern and antique books, from this century to the 1500s. From 2001 is an important tome on Antartica by Pat and Rosemarie Keough; this 27-pound volume has been honored with numerous awards for its outstanding photography and printing technique.

First editions

Color photography from ‘Antarctica Explorer Series, Volume 1’ by Pat and Rosemarie Keough, 2001, Limited edition, no. 292/950. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

Among the first or early editions by modern authors are those by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, Jack London, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Sinclair Lewis, A.A. Milne, James Jones, Colleen McCullough and Truman Capote. Authors from the 19th century include Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, W. B. Yeats and Lewis Carroll. Multi-volume sets of celebrated authors from various eras include works by William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ivan Turgenieff, Pierre Corneille, Honoré de Balzac, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas and Voltaire (in French). Reflecting the interests on one collector, there are also a number of books on exploration and voyages.

The following are some highlights of the upcoming sale on Saturday, March 31 (see details in the online catalog):

–Lot 108: Seventeen Volume Set by R.P. Francisci Suarez, Granatensis e Societate Jesu, Doctoris Eximii. 1740. In Latin, bound in vellum and paper. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

First editions

Seventeen-volume set by R.P. Francisci Suarez, ‘Granatensis e Societate Jesu, Doctoris Eximii,’ 1740. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

–Lot 2: Antarctica Explorer Series, Volume 1; Pat and Rosemarie Keough. 2001. Limited 292/950. The 336 pages include 345 images by photographers Pat and Rosemarie Keough. Experts in polar research and art have stated that there is not another published portfolio of Antarctica to equal that of the Keoughs. Among the book’s many awards for art, artistry and craftsmanship, the International Photography Awards committee honored the Keoughs with the award “Nature Photographer of the Year” for their imagery in Antarctica. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500.

–Lot 9: The Selected Paintings Lang Shih-Ning (Josephus Castiglione). 1971. Two hardcover volumes. Illustrated. Estimate: $400-$600.

–Lot 12: G. Woolworth Colton’s New County and Railroad Map of the Country 500 Miles Around The City Washington Showing the Seat of War in the East. 1861. Enlarged, color pocket military map of the country between Washington D.C., New York and Wheeling; and a plan of the vicinity of fortress Monroe and Norfolk. Table of population of the United States. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000.

–Lot 72: Shakespeare. The First Collected Edition of the Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare. “A Reproduction in Exact Facsimile of The Famous First Folio, 1623, By the Newly Discovered Process of Photo-Lithography, Executed by Express Permission of Lord Ellesmere and the Trustees of the British Museum,…”  1866. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

–Lot 45: Look Homeward, Angel; Thomas Wolfe. 1929. First edition with dust jacket. Photograph/ postcard of Thomas Wolfe included with names on back. Estimate: $800-$1,000.

First editions

‘Look Homeward, Angel’ by Thomas Wolfe, 1929, first edition with dust jacket. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

–Lot 22: Winnie the Pooh; A. A. Milne. 1926. First American edition; hardcover. Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. Estimate: $300-$500.

–Lot 28: For Whom the Bell Tolls; Ernest Hemingway. 1940. First edition, first printing. First issue dust jacket. Estimate: $700-900.

–Lot 143: The Birds of California: A Complete Scientific and Popular Account of the 580 Species and Subspecies of Birds Found in the State; William Leon Dawson. 1923. Four-volume set (complete). Limited edition, one of 350; not numbered. Signed by the author. Hardcover. Illustrated by 30 photogravures, 120 full-page duotone plates and more than 1,100 half-tone cuts of birds in life, nests, eggs and favorite haunts, from photographs. Estimate: $400-$600.

–Lot 19: 1540-1861 Mapping Trans Mississippi West; Carl I. Wheat. First edition; four volumes. Limited to 1000 copies. Hardcover. Estimate: $900-$1,200.

–Lot 133: The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, During his Various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France, From 1799 to 1815. Compiled by Lt. Col. Gurwood. 1838. Twelve volumes; all first editions. Estimate: $1,500-$1,900.

First editions

‘The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, During his Various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France, From 1799 to 1815,’ compiled by Lieut. Colonel Gurwood, 1838, 12 volumes, all first editions. Estimate: $1,500-$1,900. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

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First editions