Sotheby's At Large

First-Edition Reads for International Literacy Day

8 September marks International Literacy Day, created by UNESCO in 1965 to celebrate reading and writing, as both tools for learning and keys for unlocking imagination. Open the pages of our slideshow of first-editions – or book it to the nearest library – and rediscover the literary world with these classic selections, culled from TIME’s 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.


Pictured: Carl Holsøe, Interior with a Woman Reading, sold for £31,250
19th Century European Paintings
21 May 2015, London