Results: Sotheby's spring sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts achieved a total of $2.67 million. An autograph leaf of the manuscript of Origin of Species led the sale and sold for $250,000. Also notable was a fine and bright copy of Cendrars and Delaunay’s Prose du Transsibérien, which sold for $225,000.
Details: Our 14 June sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana is highlighted by The Gerald N. Wachs collection of 19th-Century English Poetry, including the only known copy in private hands of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Battle of Marathon. The sale will also feature Emblem Books from the library of Irvin and Anita Schorsch. Other highlights are an autograph leaf of the manuscript of Darwin’s Origin of Species; a fine and bright copy of Cendrars and Delaunay’s Prose du Transsibérien, one of the most celebrated livres d’artiste; a very desirable copy of the English issue of the first edition of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass; as well as an important archive of 359 drawing by William Steig; and an important letter signed by George Washington to the New York Committee of Safety.