The 10 July sale, from the Library of the late Stanley J. Seeger, totalled £791,580. The top lot was a first edition of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, one of the greatest historical novels of all time, which sold for £52,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-30,000.
This is one of the greatest libraries of first editions, inscribed works and presentation copies, manuscripts, letters and annotated proofs by Joseph Conrad ever assembled, and certainly the greatest amassed by a collector in modern times. From the collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger, these items tell the remarkable story of Conrad’s life and career, his development and struggles as a writer and his closest influences and inspirations. Highlights include the last great surviving autograph manuscript in private hands (Typhoon), the earliest letter in private hands (to Spiridion, Calcutta, 1885) and exceptional presentation copies to his most intimate friends, literary collaborators and influences: John Galsworthy, Edward Sanderson, Ford Madox Ford, J.B. Pinker, Henry James, Andre Gide, Richard Curle and Hugh Walpole, among many others.