Waverly to host Science Fiction and Fantasy book auction June 6

 

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With an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, the three-volume first-edition set of Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (1954-55) is a candidate for top lot of the auction. Waverly Rare Books image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, June 6, Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, will conduct a 286-lot auction brimming with scarce and significant examples of science fiction and fantasy. The majority of the sale features items from the collection of Daniel “Dan” Breen, a lifelong collector of rare science fiction and fantasy. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

Dan Breen was the owner of the Second Foundation bookstore in Chapel Hill, N.C., where important items such as the first edition of The Dark Knight were signed. Many items in the sale were inscribed to Breen or purchased directly from the authors. He became good friends with Manly Wade Wellman and Karl Edward Wagner, and many books offered in the auction have prior provenance from their notable collections.

The Breen collection includes a first-edition set of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (above) and an exceedingly rare, suppressed copy of J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition, of which fewer than 20 copies are believed to exist.

Also featured are storyboards signed by the comic book artist Sal Buscema, comic book character art by Javier Cabada, and sericels of classic Disney movies.

With a presale estimate of $10,000-$15,000, the first edition, three-volume set of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is a candidate for top lot of the auction. Published in 1954-1955 by George Allen and Unwin Ltd., London, they include The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. All contain maps, have their dust jackets, and are in very good condition.

The first American-edition copy of J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition (Doubleday & Co., N.Y., 1970) is particularly rare because the title was suppressed by publishers prior to its release and copies were destroyed. Only a few survived, including the example in Waverly’s auction (below), which is estimated at $8,000-$14,000. It is graded very good-to-near fine, with only light wear and some staining to the dust jacket.

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First American edition copy of J.G. Ballard’s ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’ (Doubleday & Co., N.Y., 1970), very rare, as the book was suppressed by publishers prior to its release, est. $8,000-$14,000. Waverly Rare Books image

A first-edition, first-printing copy of H.G. Wells’ timeless classic The Time Machine (Henry Holt, N.Y., 1895) – with the author’s name incorrectly spelled as “H.S. Wells” on the title page – is expected to change hands for $4,000-$6,000. Although it lacks its dust jacket, the book is in very good condition with wear commensurate to age.

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First-edition, first-printing copy of H.G. Wells’s timeless classic, ‘The Time Machine’ (Henry Holt, N.Y., 1895), with the author’s name incorrectly spelled as ‘H.S. Wells’ on the title page, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image

Another sci-fi classic – Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (Chatto & Windus, London, 1932) – carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. The first-edition copy has teal boards with a gilt title on the spine. It retains its original dust jacket with the price still showing on the front flap and is graded very good to fine.

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First-edition copy of Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ (Chatto & Windus, London, 1932) in the original dust jacket with the price still showing on the front flap, est. $2,000-$3,000. Waverly Rare Books image

Original dust jacket art for the book Lonely Vigils, a collection of stories written by Manly Wade Wellman and published by Carcosa (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981), should reach $2,000-$4,000. The art, by George Evans, is in a 20½-inch by 15¾-inch frame and is accompanied by an envelope sent from printer to publisher that contains a proof copy of the dust jacket, notes and other items.

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Original dust jacket art for the book ‘Lonely Vigils,’ a collection of stories written by Manly Wade Wellman and published by Carcosa (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981), art by George Evans, est. $2,000-$4,000. Waverly Rare Books image

A manuscript file pertaining to the book Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. The file contains a photocopy of the first half of the first draft in the author’s holograph, signed by Bujold; a cover letter and postcard relating to the purchase of the manuscript, both signed; and a first edition copy of Free Lancers (1987), co-written by Bujold.

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Manuscript file pertaining to the book ‘Borders of Infinity,’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, with a photocopy of the first half of the first draft in the author’s holograph, signed by Bujold, est. $2,000-$3,000. Waverly Rare Books image

An author’s manuscript copy of the book Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card could command $1,500-$2,000. A photocopy of the final draft as a review copy is accompanied by a letter from sci-fi author Tom Disch requesting a review, and a color print of the dust-jacket art for the first edition. Page one has been signed by Card, with an inscription to Breen on verso.

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Author’s manuscript copy of the book ‘Ender’s Game’ (1985), by Orson Scott Card, a photocopy of the final draft as a review copy, accompanied by a letter from sci-fi author Tom Disch, est. $1,500-$2,000. Waverly Rare Books image

A first-edition copy of A Voyage to the Moon (Elam Bliss, N.Y., 1827) by George Tucker (as Joseph Atterly) is estimated to fetch $1,000-$1,500. The book is the earliest interplanetary novel by a native-born American to employ mechanical means for space travel, published pseudonymously by the Chairman of the Faculty of the University of Virginia. The book is in very good condition.

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First-edition copy of ‘A Voyage to the Moon’ (Elam Bliss, N.Y., 1827), by George Tucker (as Joseph Atterly), the earliest interplanetary novel by a native American to employ mechanical means for space travel, est. $1,000-$1,500. Waverly Rare Books image

A first-edition copy of The Princess Bride (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, N.Y., 1973) signed by the author William Goldman and inscribed on the leaf facing the title page (“10 June ’81 for Audree, best wishes William Goldman”), is expected to find a new owner for $800-$1,200. Graded in near-fine condition, the book has gray cloth boards and has its original dust jacket.

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First-edition copy of ‘The Princess Bride’ (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, N.Y., 1973) signed by the author William Goldman and inscribed on the leaf facing the title page, est. $800-$1,200. Waverly Rare Books image.

A four-volume, first-edition set of books by George R.R. Martin collectively called A Song of Ice and Fire (Bantam, N.Y. 1996-2005), should reach $400-$600. The book titles are: A Game of Thrones (1996); A Clash of Kings (1998); A Storm of Swords (2000); and A Feast for Crows (2005). All have original printed dust jackets, and the set has a full number line on the copyright page.

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Four-volume first-edition set of books by George R.R. Martin, collectively called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (Bantam, N.Y. 1996-2005), all with original printed dust jackets, est. $400-$600. Waverly Rare Books image.

Waverly’s June 6, 2019 auction will commence at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional information about any item in the sale, call 703-532-5632, extension 575; or e-mail waverly@quinnsauction.com.

 

 

 

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