Collectors attended Sotheby's single owner sale to acquire important manuscripts, letters, inscribed books and many rare and bibliographically significant editions of Joseph Conrad's works.
With significant public interest, many items exceeded pre-sale estimates including a rare inscribed presentation copy of The Secret Agent and a first edition, presentation copy of Conrad's The Inheritors, inscribed by the author to H.G. Wells. The auction's top lot, an autograph working manuscript of Conrad's The Sisters, achieved an impressive £60,000.
This sale comprises the second selection from the magnificent Joseph Conrad collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger. It includes literary manuscripts, most notably the working manuscript of Conrad’s early abandoned novel, The Sisters; a wealth of letters; books inscribed by the author to H.G. Wells, J.M. Barrie, and many of his closest friends; and many rare and bibliographically significant editions of Conrad’s works.