Swann Galleries – ART, PRESS & ILLUSTRATED BOOKS / 19TH & 20TH CENTURY LITERATUREOctober 24th, 2011 by admin
The Art, Press & Illustrated Books portion of this sale contains works on architecture, art journals, curiosa, and design, as well as decorative arts & livres d’artiste. The 19th & 20th Century Literature portion of the sale contains first editions, signed & inscribed copies, books on food and drink, fore-edge paintings, and poetry.
25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, New York, 1954, by Andy Warhol. Signed and inscribed by Warhol, this is one of 190 copies. Detail shown, top left.
A section of Curiosa (Erotica) features, 15 erotic plates & an illustrated title-page by Franz von Bayros entitled Erzahlungen am Toilettentische von Choisy Le Conin, number 137 of 510 copies, circa 1908. Detail shown, left.
An inscribed first edition of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. October 10 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Heller’s greatest literary and commercial success. Other Catch-22 highlights include a signed British first edition; a signed, uncorrected proof of Heller’s dramatization of his most famous novel; and a wonderful association copy and advance proof that once belonged to W.H. Auden.
A complete set in fine bindings of the first editions of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Books. Five volumes, uniformly bound, London, 1843-1848. Detail shown, left.
A first edition of the first Jewish cookbook published in the United States, The Jewish Cookery Book, Philadelphia, 1871.