Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts department is delighted to invite participation in our live auction this December of Fine Books and Manuscripts. The sale will take place in our New York sales room beginning at 10 AM on December 18th. Join us in person, on the phone, or bid online and discover hundreds of unique lots.
The sale is highlighted by The Olympic Manifesto, an original autograph manuscript drafted in 1892 as a speech Pierre de Coubertin was to deliver for the fifth anniversary of the French Athletics Association held at the Sorbonne, Paris, on November 25, 1892. The 14-page manuscript outlines Pierre de Coubertin’s vision for a revival of the modern Olympic Games. Two years later, on June 23, 1894, Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in Paris, and his vision, as set forth in this document, culminated with the first modern Games in Athens in 1896.
Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a single-owner sequence of 18th-20th century American literature, including seminal works such as Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and Ernest Hemingway’s in our time. Beyond these cornerstones, the collection also boasts rarities such as The Federalist, and the author’s copy of The Education of Henry Adams.
Additional sale highlights include the fourth installment of the Sporting and Travel Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson, including Africa and the Americas, a collection of Joseph Conrad material, featuring a first edition, first issue, presentation copy of Chance, a Tale in Two Parts, andan archive related to power of attorney and taxation for The Beatles 1964 US tour, thrice band-signed.