The Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on 18 June in New York has a wide range of significant printed books and manuscripts extending from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Some cultural monuments of the 20th include John Lennon's autograph manuscript (17 January 1967) of his lyrics for "A Day in the Life" the final, iconic track on the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper, a collection of over forty autograph letters and postcards by the Surrealist artist René Magritte, many illustrated with sketches in ballpoint (ca. 1934-1957), the autograph manuscript of Ayn Rand's first speech delivered at Ford Hall Forum in Boston (26 March 1961), three lots of autograph letters by J.D. Salinger discussing literature, health and homeopathy, and a group of autograph letters by Georgia O'Keefe offering support and advice to the young artist Marilynn Thuma (1964-1973).
The world of illustrated books is well represented by a set of early colored examples including Ariosto, Bidloo, Brand, the triumphal entry of the Emperor Charles V, Faber du Faur, Scriverius, Venne and Visscher, as well as an uncolored Schedel. Some examples of Children's Books include Burton's Mike Mulligan, Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (with five others by her) while the 19th Century is well represented by works of Samuel Clemens, Edgar Allan Poe (extra-illustrated with autograph manuscripts), Charles Dickens (in parts), and an autograph manuscript of Thoreau.