Reprise for bestsellers via Jasper52 online auction April 11

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Tom Robbins, ‘Still Life With Woodpecker,’ first edition, signed by the author with dust jacket. Estimate: $200,$300. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Modern first editions are featured in an online book auction that will be conducted Wednesday, April 11, by Jasper52. Bibliophiles can examine and purchase classics by Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Lewis Carroll, John Steinbeck and many more. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the best sellers featured in the 53-lot auction is Tom Robins’ Still Life With Woodpecker, a signed first edition published in 1980—one of only 2,000 copies printed. This tightly bound copy (above) is described as being near fine with a near fine dust jacket. Its boards are slightly bowed. Sometimes referred to as a postmodern fairy tale, the novel concerns the love affair between an environmentalist princess and an outlaw bomber.

Having the highest presale estimate in the auction – $500-$600 – is a first edition copy of Revolutionary Road (below), the debut novel for Richard Yates, who once described its subtext as an indictment of American life in the 1950s. In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. In 2008 the novel was made into a feature film directed by Sam Mendes and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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Richard Yates, ‘Revolutionary Road,’ Little, Brown, Boston, 1961, first edition. Estimate: $500-$600. Jasper52 image

British writer Joseph Conrad had already written Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim by the time NostromoA Tale of the Seaboard was published in 1904. It is often regarded as Conrad’s best novel and one of the top 100 novels of the 20th century. American author F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “I’d rather have written Nostromo than any other novel.” Conrad’s masterpiece is a tale of money, love and South American revolutionary politics. The copy of Nostromo in the Jasper52 auction is a first American edition, first issue, with an error on page 201: “Europe” misspelled “Eruope.”

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Joseph Conrad, ‘Nostromo – A Tale of the Seaboard,’ Harper & Brothers, New York, 1904, first
American edition, first issue. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image

Another acclaimed British writer represented in the auction is Malcolm Lowry. His novel Under the Volcano is a first edition in a second issue dust jacket. The book is a firmly bound copy in very good condition in a clean dust jacket. The novel tells the story of Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic British diplomat in a small Mexican town on the Day of the Dead, Nov. 2, 1938. John Huston directed the film version, which starred Albert Finney, who was nominated for an Oscar.

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Malcolm Lowry, ‘Under the Volcano,’ Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1947, first edition in second issue dust jacket. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image

No auction of modern novels would be complete without a title by American writer John Steinbeck, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940. The Steinbeck book in the auction is Tortilla Flat (1935), his first critical and commercial success. The copy in the sale is a very good sixth printing with dust jacket.

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John Steinbeck, ‘Tortilla Flat,’ Covici-Friede, New York, 1935, sixth printing, good to very good condition. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image

Representing the Victorian era is Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, a first American edition published in 1865, which has numerous illustrations including a portrait of the famous British author.

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Charles Dickens, ‘Our Mutual Friend,’ Harper & Brothers, New York, 1865, first authorized American edition. Estimate: $150-$200. Jasper52 image

Additional highlights include a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgersald’s All the Sad Young Men (1926) and a first edition of Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Rolling Bones, a Perry Mason Mystery.

The auction will be held Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time.