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The Jerry Weist Collection
Heritage Auctions is holding three auctions in Beverly Hills in mid-September and each of them will be of interest to those who covet valuable paper:
On Monday, September 12th The Jerry Weist Collection of 20th century books and book-related art with an emphasis on monsters, science fiction and fantasy; with an online session later on the 12th and continuing on Tuesday the 13th with over 1,000 lots each opening bidding at $1.
On Tuesday the 13th the Historical Manuscripts & Autographs floor auction will take place; with an online session on Wednesday the 14th.
On the afternoon of the 13th Rare Books. With an online session in the afternoon of Wednesday the 14th.
Three elaborate color catalogues have been prepared. For most items the bidding begins at half of the low estimate.
The firm held its first Beverly Hills sale in February 2010 and has been steadily building a west coast clientele. This past year Heritage also opened a gallery in New York. The company runs auctions across a wide range of collectibles, has an enormous following and a common accounting system that permits Heritage members to bid and buy in any of their categories and bid electronically at any location.
Here is a description of these sales.
The Jerry Weist Collection is very 20th century. It’s books and paperbacks, art and illustration with the focus on fantasy. It’s an important single owner sale and is offered with very reasonable estimates.
Some interesting lots
Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, . First edition. Number 199 of 200 limited edition copies, signed by Bradbury on the limitation page. Octavo. 199 pages. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Publisher's binding of Johns-Manville Quinterra, "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis."
Edward E. Smith, Ph.D. The History of Civilization: Triplanetary, First Lensman, Galactic Patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen, Children of the Lens. Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, Inc., 1955. Special six-volume set in the publisher's rare original red cardboard box (no lid). Number 37 of 75 sets signed and inscribed in the first volume and signed by the author in the remaining volumes on a limitation page bound into each volume.
H. P. Lovecraft. The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Everett: Visionary Publishing Company, 1936. First edition ("Published, April, 1936" on the copyright page). Twelvemo. 158 pages. Publisher's black cloth with silver lettering (Currey binding B). In the rare dust jacket variant on white paper with silver lettering on the front panel and spine matching that from the cloth binding, with no illustration (Currey dust jacket variant 3).
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Historical Manuscripts and Autographs
Edgar Rice Burroughs. Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1920. First edition ("Published October, 1920" and Donohue imprint on copyright page). Inscribed and signed by Burroughs on the front free endpaper.
Stanley Weinbaum. Dawn of Flame and Other Stories. [Jamaica, NY: Ruppert Printing Service, 1936]. First edition, Currey priority A, with a very warm inscription signed from Forrest J Ackerman to Jerry Weist on the colophon page, reading: "My 'Palmer Copy' / With me from / 1936 till 2000 / happily put into / the appreciative / preserving hands / of / my dear friend / Jerry Weist / Forrest J / Ackerman." With two photographs of Forry signing the book laid in. Also laid in at the end of the introduction is a calling card signed by Raymond Palmer, the uncredited author of the introduction later removed by Mrs. Weinbaum for being "too personal."
Thea von Harbou. Metropolis. Berlin: August Scherl, 1926. First edition. In German. Octavo. 274 pages. Five pages of ads. Original green cloth over boards, titles to spine gilt on red, ruling and titles to upper board gilt, yellow top-stain.
Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, Inc. . First edition. One of 50 privately bound copies in red cloth, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper.
Philip K. Dick. Confessions of a Crap Artist. New York: Entwhistle Books, 1975. First edition, first state. Signed by Dick on the front pastedown, with his hands outlined in red ink on the front endpapers. Interestingly, Dick was the only author to question Jerry Weist's habit of asking authors to sign books with their handprints. True to form, Dick thought it was a government conspiracy.
Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster. Science Fiction. The Advance Guard of Future Civilization. Complete Set, Issues 1-5. [Cleveland: 1932-1933]. First editions. First two issues: approximately 12 x 9 inches; issues three through five measure 8.5 x 11 inches. Staple-bound or string-bound in illustrated paper wrappers. Issue number three contains the legendary Siegel & Shuster story, "The Reign of the Superman," with Shuster's first drawing of Superman, published five years before the Cleveland duo unveiled their more famous incarnation of the name in Action Comics #1. Further, issue #4 contains the first printed image of King Kong, and issue #5 features bios and pictures of Siegel and Shuster.
All-Story October 1912 - The First Appearance of Tarzan (Munsey, 1912) Apparent GD/VG.A milestone in American literature, the importance of this issue of All-Story cannot be overstated, as it represents the first ever appearance of Tarzan in any medium. The story was prolific writer Edgar Rice Burroughs' second published work (the first under his own name). This issue is currently the single most valuable pulp magazine, and is considered very rare with probably fewer than 20 copies in existence.
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Heritage Rare Book Auction
The Historical Manuscripts and Autographs sale is on the 13th and continues on the 14th. It is 599 lots of letters, documents, newspapers and broadsides with a strong focus on Americana. Some appealing English material is also included.
Some interesting lots:
George Catlin ALS Lot 35013
General Henry Burbeck Archive - Lot 35050
Rev War orderly book of General Grey - Lot 35028
Dwight Eisenhower Signed and inscribed photo - lot 35165
William Howard Taft Archive - Lot 35159
Thomas Jefferson ALS - lot 35128
Edgar Rice Burroughs Archive - Lot 35197
John Adams ALS - Lot 35126
Benjamin Franklin - Join or die - Lot 35097
Poor Richards and Poor Rogers 1756 - Lot 35098
The Rare Books Auction is on the afternoon of Tuesday the 13th. Continuing on the 14th. As with prior sales the material offered is a sophisticated combination of books, broadsides, images and artwork. More than one hundred consignors have contributed material.
Some interesting lots:
37001 [The Aitken Bible]. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly translated out of the Original Tongues... Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by R. Aitken, 1782. First edition, and the first printing in America of the complete Bible in English.
37006 Alexander Hamilton. Report of the Secretary of the Treasury to the House of Representatives Relative to a Provision for the Support of the Public Credit of the United States...Presented to the House on Thursday, the 14th Day of January 1790. New York: Francis Childs and John Swaine, 1790.
37009 Thomas Jefferson. Notes on the State of Virginia. Illustrated with a Map, including the States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1787. First edition in English.
37014 [Claude R. Wickard]. Franklin D. Roosevelt. D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, Here Printed for His Friends at Christmastide 1944.Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 1944. Edition limited to 100 copies, of which this is number 9. Presentation copy, inscribed by the President to his Secretary of Agriculture: "For Claude R. Wickard / Christmastide 1944 / from Franklin D. Roosevelt."
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Alice In Wonderland
37031 [Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and the Adjacent States]. Erbauliche Lieder-Sammlung zum Gottesdienstlichen Gebrauch in den Vereinigten Evangelisch Lutherischen Gemeinen in Nord-America.... Erste Auflage. Germantaun [Pennsylvania]: Gedruckt bey Leibert und Billmeyer, 1786. First edition.
37034 Joseph Smith, Junior. The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, Upon Plates Taken From the Plates of Nephi. By Joseph Smith, Junior, Author and Proprietor. Palmyra, [New York]: Printed by E. B. Grandin, for the Author, 1830. First edition. John Wesley Brackenbury's copy, with his name on front pastedown: "J. W. Brackenbury / His Book / White Cloud / Kansas" written in pencil by the owner, John Wesley Brackenbury. "John W. Brackenbury / Independence / Mo." in pencil on rear pastedown. Brackenbury's seal reading "John W. Brackenbury / Notary Public / Jackson Co., MO" on Testimony leaf at rear.
37038 Charles Darwin. The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species. London: John Murray, 1877. First edition, first issue. Inscribed by Darwin on the title page: "From the Author with kind regards." Also with three autograph letters signed by Darwin tipped in. Edouard Heckel's copy with his ink notes on blank preliminary page, and with his monogrammed anchor stamp on title page.
37052 René Descartes. Discours de la Méthode pour bien conduire sa raison, & chercher la vérité dans les sciences. Plus la Dioptrique. Les Météores. Et la Géométrie. Leyde [Leiden]: Jan Maire, 1637. First edition of Descartes' first published work. Quarto. 78, [2, section title], 413, [1, advertisement], [33, Table], [1, blank] pages. 3K4, the Dutch privilege leaf, in facsimile on old paper. Woodcut device on title page. Woodcut diagrams and initials. Late-nineteenth-century full black morocco by Georges Huser with gilt spine titles inside five raised bands. Red morocco pastedowns ruled in gilt. All edges gilt. Original vellum covers bound in (one partially detached). Housed in a decorative paper and leather slipcase. Text carefully washed, with only very minor occasional foxing. Minor paper flaw to D3. An excellent copy of the foundational work of modern science and philosophy.
This work contains the first appearance of one of the most famous and important phrases in the history of science and philosophy. "Cogito ergo sum" appeared for the first time in the present work in French, as "Je pense donc je suis" that translates into the English proposition "I think, therefore I am". Descartes was writing in French in order to reach a larger audience. The phrase first appeared in the better known Latin form "Cogito ergo sum" in the later published Principles of Philosophy (1644).
37070 H. A. Rey. Curious George. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. First edition. Quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrations by the author. Publisher's brick red cloth with Curious George vignette in black on front board and lettering in black on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Original dust jacket with $1.75 price.
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James Joyce: Ulysses
37076 Garth Williams. Original painting and preliminary sketches for the dust jacket design of The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, 1960. Original painting in ink and watercolor/gouache on stiff paper, measuring approximately 10.875 x 6.875 inches.
37080 Aesop. Vita et Fabellae Aesopi...Gabriae Fabellae...Collectio Proverbiorum Tarrhaei &c.[Venice]: Aldus Manutius, . First Aldine edition, in Greek only.
37087 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The History of the Valorous and Witty Knight Errant, Don Quixote of the Mancha. Written in Spanish by Michael Cervantes: and now Translated into English.London: Edward Blount, 1620. First volume, second edition; second volume, first edition.
37088 Raymond Chandler. The Big Sleep. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First edition, first printing, of the author's first book.
37105 Ernest Hemingway. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper: "For Popsie and Frankie / Steinhart [Hemingway's neighbors in Havana] from their friend / and neighbor this copy of the 15 / original edition copies of this book / Best always / Ernest Hemingway."
37133 William Shakespeare. Poems Written by Wil. Shakespeare. Gent. Printed at London by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640. First edition.
These auctions, with images, are searchable in AE’s upcoming auctions as well as on the Heritage website: www.ha.com