Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book, Part of a Collection of Original Illustration Art and Illustrated Books

Turtle and the Moon

Turtle and the Moon

Most everyone remembers their favorite book as a child, a book with few words but vivid illustrations that transported the reader to new places and adventures. Collectors often start their collection with one of these books from their childhood but few have the opportunity to collect the original piece of art used to illustrate their favorite book. On Thursday, November 1st, PBA Galleries will offer a collection of original illustration art for children’s books.

Many West Coast contemporary illustrators of children’s books are represented in the collection with significant offerings by Jamichael Henterly (Arthur on Horseback), Elisa Kleven (The Puddle Pail), Melissa Mathis (Turtle and the Moon), Stacey Schuett (Outside the Window) and Daniel San Souci (Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book). Many of the illustrations will be offered with a copy of the book where the art appears.
A highlight of the sale is an original watercolor by Daniel San Souci for Steven P. Medley’s Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book. The illustration for B is for Bison, show a group of four American buffalo relaxing on the grasslands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Included is a signed and numbered limited edition of the book. The colophon is an additional page featuring the Florida panther in the Everglades National Park. Also, included in the books is a numbered lithograph of a drawing used on the G is for Grizzly page and a separate color print of the Florida panther.

B is for Bison

B is for Bison

Steven P. Medley has written about Yosemite National Park many times, but Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book was his first children’s book. Dan San Souci has illustrated around fifty books for young readers and was the author for several of them. Both author and illustrator are Northern California natives with a passion for wildlife and national parks, as well as sharing the beauty with others. Daniel San Souci called this alphabet book the achievement of a lifelong dream, using his art to show the importance of wildlife in our national parks.

The Puddle Pail

The Puddle Pail

This auction is for new and seasoned collectors alike. Whether it is for a memory from childhood or for the love of collecting original illustrations, this sale will capture the eyes of many for all of the vivid images. Ranging from bedtime stories, to ABC books, to just plain fiction. Celebrate the art of illustration that captures the eyes of those who look at it.

The catalogue for the November 1st sale will be posted 2-3 weeks before the auction at www.pbagalleries.com. The sale will begin at 11:00am Pacific Time. The public may preview the auction Monday, October 29th, 1 – 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30th and 31st, 9am – 5pm; and Thursday, November 1st, 9-11am or by appointment at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. PBA accepts absentee bids by phone, fax or email or bids may be placed during the sale in person or online. For more information, please contact PBA at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Hart Crane’s “The Bridge. A Poem” along with other Modern Literature and Poetry

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The Bridge. A Poem. With Three Photographs by Walker Evans

On Thursday, October 18th, PBA Galleries will be hosting a Modern Literature & Poetry with Books in All Fields Sale. This auction will include over 550 lots of modern literature, poetry, and other fine books, with science fiction, detective fiction, manuscript material, signed and limited editions, and more. The selection of poetry and verse ranges from 19th century icons to the beat generation and beyond. Included are novels and stories by Saul Bellow, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, Ian Fleming, Dashiell Hammett, Robert A. Heinlein, Ken Kesey, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Larry McMurtry, Flannery O’Connor, J.K. Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and many others. Among the poets represented are Paul Auster, Hart Crane, Robert Creeley, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, John Hawkes, Weldon Kees, George Sterling, and other luminaries. Additional fine books comprise fine bindings, historical works, finely printed books, etc.

Highlighted in this sale is The Bridge. A Poem. With Three Photographs by Walker Evans, written by Hart Crane. The Bridge was Crane’s only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his Columbia Heights apartment. It comprises of fifteen lyric poems of varying length and scope. This edition is signed by Crane at the colophon, which makes it an extremely scarce example of one of the fifty signed and numbered copies (Estimate $30,000 -$50,000).

The Shunned House

The Shunned House

The first edition of H.P. Lovecraft’s, The Shunned House, is also in our upcoming sale. Lovecraft’s rare first book of fiction published in an edition of 300 copies. This copy is also accompanied by a typed letter from the publisher August Derleth (Estimate $7,000 – $10,000). An additional highlight from the sale is The Immoral Proposition by Robert Creeley. This is a fine copy of Creeley’s scarcest publication and due to its fragility, it has rarely been since in such beautiful condition (Estimate $1,200 – $1,300). PBA Galleries has an exceptional copy of Stephen Crane’s most enduring work, The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War, in its extremely scarce dusk jacket (Estimate $15,000 – $25,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, October 15th, 1 – 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16th and 17th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, October 18th, 9-ll am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

All Things Golf from Books to Memorabilia

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The Duffers’ Golf Club Papers

On Thursday, October 11th, PBA Galleries will be hosting a Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia Sale. This auction will include more than 225 lots of golfing history in literature and artifacts. Included are many volumes once in the library of the revered early 20th century Golf Course architect Albert W. Tillinghast which have been in private hands for more than half a century. Also on offer will be golf memorabilia from the esteemed collection of architect Michael Hurdzan.

Highlighted in this sale is the first edition of The Duffers’ Golf Club Papers, to which is added, A Day on the Ladies’ Links. This is a very rare book, only twice before offered at PBA Galleries. First at the Murdoch sale in 1998, a copy lacking the original wrappers, and a second copy, rebound with the wrappers preserved, was offered in 2011. The present copy is superior to either of the previous, in near fine original wrappers accompanied by a typed slip on Montrose Standard letterhead with the editor’s compliments. (Estimate $20,000 – $25,000).

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Rare Manchester Golf Club Measuring Device c.1820

A rare and fascinating Manchester Golf Club Measuring Device from around 1821 used to assist in determining position of tees. Rules of the club are printed on a label attached to the device (Rule 1: The need to tee up not farther than four club lengths from the hole – “The first knot on the cord represents four club lengths.”), the ‘Stymie’ (Rule 5: When the balls lie within six inches of each other – Balls may be removed if within six inches of each other. “This measure is six inches in length.”), and position of putting greens (Rule 9: All loose impediments may be removed within six club lengths of the hole “The extreme length of the cord represents six club lengths.”). This is one of only two known examples, the other being at the Manchester Golf Club. (Estimate $7,000 – $10,000).

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Signed portrait of Bobby Jones

Additional highlights from the sale are a stoneware fluted stein with relief illustration of golfers by Doulton Lambeth (Estimate $500 – $800); a signed color print of the Margaret Fitzhugh Browne portrait of Bobby Jones signed by the famed golfer and dated December 29, 1930 (Estimate $2,000 – $3,000); an early 1900s Croquet-Styled Putter from the Jeff Ellis collection, is pictured in Mr. Ellis’ book The Club Maker’s Art on page 210. (Estimate $800 – $1,200); and 56 Corte-Scope Golf Stereoviews from the “Jock” Hutchison Series, a rare series of instructional views featuring the Scottish-American professional golfer with the original manila envelope, folding viewer and two-part box (Estimate $1,000 – $1,500).

The sale will begin at 5:00 pm Eastern Time-2:00 pm Pacific Time at the Renaissance World of Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, the venue of the 47th Annual Golf Heritage Society’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show. The public may preview the auction Thursday, October 11th, 12:00pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time in the Legacy 2 Ballroom at the Golf Village. For more information contact the galleries at 415.989.2665 or [email protected]

Correspondence Between Saints Highlights Sept 20th Sale

Correspondence Between Saints

Correspondence Between Saints

On Thursday, September 20th, PBA Galleries will offer Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Library of James “Ted” Watkins. Included in the sale are over 300 lots of rare, interesting, and significant material from six centuries, spanning the gamut of Western civilization, from the early days of Christianity to modern science fiction.  Ted Watkins’ interests were many and varied, with few bounds on his intellectual curiosity. Primary to his collection is the large number of scarce works relating to the Christian religion, particularly Catholicism. There is also a selection of modern literature, including collections of Ray Bradbury and Flannery O’Connor plus illustrated books, fine bindings, history, political science, and more.

The highlight of the sale is a two-page autograph letter from Louise de Merillac de Gras, with 11 lines of notations in the hand of Vincent de Paul. This rare correspondence between two future saints who worked together in the co-founding of the Daughters of Charity (later Sisters of Charity) in 1634, is beautifully matted and framed with both sides visible in a hinged frame which is attached to a larger frame, with dual portrait and three engraved plates, one identifying the signers, one with an English translation of the letter, and the third with a long descriptive essay. (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000)

Illuminated manuscript of The Vision of Sir Launfal

Illuminated manuscript of The Vision of Sir Launfal

Other featured religious lots include the Illuminated manuscript of James Russell Lowell’s The Vision of Sir Launfal. Exquisitely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full brown morocco with onlay green and black elaborate Celtic style design, gilt-tooled patterns and borders, spine with raised bands, compartments decoratively lettered and tooled in gilt, the volume was also designed, written out, illuminated by them (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). The Epistles on Morality (Morali sopra Job) of Pope Gregory I, 2 volumes, published in Florence in 1486, is one of the storehouses of moral science of the Renaissance and his most esteemed work (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Rockwell Kent's Moby Dick

Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick

Herman Melville’s classic novel of the sea, Moby Dick or the Whale, is limited to 1000 copies, housed in the publisher’s original aluminum slipcase. The three volumes are illustrated with 280 reproductions of pen, brush and ink drawings by Rockwell Kent. This copy is signed by Kent in pencil, with a sketch of a stylized whale tale, the design on the front cover of the book (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000). Another limited edition work housed in an aluminum case in this sale is the Arion Press edition of Edwin A. Abbott’s Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Limited to 275 copies, the volume is in an aluminum frame case binding of a unique and innovative design (Estimate: $1,200-$1,800).

Other highlights of the sale include: Flannery O’Connor’s first book, Wise Blood, in the original dust jacket, inscribed by her to the senior editor at Houghton Mifflin (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000); Zane Grey’s Tales of Fresh-Water Fishing, 1926, specially bound for the author in three quarter green morocco, with Grey’s personal blindstamp at the top corner of the front flyleaf (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, the first edition, 1933, in dust jacket, inscribed by both Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000); and a rare first edition of Girolami Dandini’s Missione apostolica al patriarca to Mount Lebanon, 1656, with descriptions of customs and manners of the Turks, the cities of  Candia and Tripoly, etc. (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, September 17th, 1 – 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 18th and 19th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, September 20th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected].

James “Ted” Watkins

Ted WatkinsTed was born in Portland, Oregon to Jim and Helen Watkins in 1957. Ted attended Christ the King Catholic School and La Salle High School where he excelled academically, athletically and spiritually. He briefly attended Mount Angel Seminary and later earned an undergraduate degree from Portland State University. He went on to graduate from Villanova Law School in 1985.  

Ted was a very successful “Philadelphia lawyer.” While in law school, he helped develop a computer program that enabled large financial institutions to administer cases in various federal jurisdictions. It became the foundation for growing his law firm, Becket & Watkins, from a handful of lawyers to hundreds of lawyers and paralegals. He “retired” from law at age 38 to pursue his dream of opening a bookstore on the Oregon coast.

In 2003, he opened Gold Beach Books, which is the second largest used bookstore in Oregon. He was a fixture in the community, making friends and giving generously to local events and causes.
Ted was a voracious reader, loved fine scotch, occasional cigars and poker.  His travel highlight was taking his dad to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II. He was an excellent storyteller with his quick wit and boisterous voice.

He was a lifelong Catholic whose faith never faltered even when faced with the diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2014. While his surviving sisters still maintain Ted’s bookstore in Gold Beach, they are offering a selection of his rare books and manuscripts at this auction. Ted enjoyed collecting many genres of literature including Catholicism, American Literature, an extensive collection of Ray Bradbury first editions and art.

Ted was a long-time, valued client of PBA and we are honored to offer his collection in this sale.

E. O. Lawrence’s Biography Signed by Nobel Laureates Featured Sept. 6th

Biography of Ernest Orlando Lawrence signed by Nobel Winners

Biography of Ernest Orlando Lawrence signed by Nobel Winners

On Thursday, September 9th, PBA Galleries will kick off their fall auctions with a Fine Literature and Books in All Fields Sale. On offer, will be over 600 lots of modern first editions, literary landmarks, poetry, science fiction, detective fiction, books in rare, early dust jackets, finely bound books and sets, illustrated and children’s books, early printed books, and much more.

Featured in the Books in All Fields section of the sale is a first edition of An American Genius. The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence. A biography of the founder of the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore laboratories, the author inscribed this copy at the opening event of the Lawrence Hall of Science, in Berkeley on May 20, 1968. This copy was also signed, on four pages, by more than 40 scientists, veterans of the Manhattan Project, laboratory staff, officials, and Lawrence family members, including ten Nobel Prize winners. (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000)

 

Around the World in Eighty Days in Dust Jacket

Around the World in Eighty Days in Dust Jacket

An early American edition of Jules Verne’s masterpiece, Around the World in Eighty Days, c.1878, is a highlight of the literature portion of the sale. In the rare original printed dust jacket, from Porter & Coates, this is a later impression of the first American illustrated edition that appeared in November 1873. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000)
A first edition of Stephen King’s first published book, Carrie, about a bullied high school girl with telekinetic powers is inscribed and signed by the author. The book is the basis for the Brian DePalma film which earned Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie Academy Award nominations and is one of the most commonly banned books in American schools. (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000)
The Black Sparrow edition of John Fante’s, Ask the Dust, bears signatures of both Fante and Charles Bukowski who wrote the preface. Fante was one of Bukowski’s literary idols having discovered his writings while researching writing that spoke to him at the Los Angeles Public Library. Of Ask the Dust, Bukowski writes “this one is my favorite because it was my first discovery of the magic.” (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500)

 

Le Roman de la Momie

Le Roman de la Momie

Louis Auchincloss’ Civil Wars, illustrated by Elliott Banfield is accompanied by an extra suite of signed prints. Bound in half green morocco and handmade pastepapers by Luke Ives Pontifell, it is one of 175 copies from the Thornwillow Press signed by the author, illustrator and book designer (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500). Another beautifully illustrated book in the auction is Théophile Gautier’s Le Roman de la Momie, with color wood engravings by Gasperini after George Barbier. In the original printed wrappers, this is one of 834 copies published by Mornay in 1929 on Rives (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

 

Other featured lots include: A Hitherto Unpublished Manuscript by Richard Wright Being a Continuation of Black Boy, the rare, privately printed final section of Wright’s autobiography, dropped from the original edition but here published with Wright’s permission by his biographer (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); Palmer Cox’s The Brownies Through the Union, first edition, 1895, in the rare original dust jacket matching the design of the boards (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); and a first printing of Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock,” 1712, one of numerous poems by Pope in the first edition of Miscellaneous Poems and Translation, By Several Hands (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

 

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Tuesday and Wednesday, September 4th and 5th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, September 6th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Mexican-American War Prominent in August 23rd Sale

Handwritten Diary by Montana Miner

Handwritten Diary by Montana Miner

On Thursday, August 23rd, PBA Galleries will host a sale of Americana & the Mexican American War – Travel & Exploration – Cartography of over 700 lots of historically important material from the 18th through 20th centuries, covering the exploration, settlement, civilization, and cultural transformations of the Americas and the world at large, and also the wars and battles that are ever present. The offering contains books, photographs, maps, documents, letters, manuscripts, items signed by United States Presidents, ephemera, and more. Included is a large collection of printed and manuscript items relating to the Mexican-American War of the late 1840’s, in which the United States wrested large swathes of territory from Mexico, what is now the Southwest.

Featured in the sale is an original handwritten diary kept by Montana gold mine manager J. Russell Hodge, who as a young man in his 20’s arrived in Montana from his home in Boston with his father, to manage a gold mining operation near Virginia City. His diary gives rare, gripping accounts of desperados, thievery and vigilante action, as well as the day-to-day operations of the mine, socializing in nearby Helena and his own trial, with his father, for murder when they killed a man in defense of their home and mine. A truly remarkable account. (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000)

Map of the Seat of War in Mexico

Map of the Seat of War in Mexico

The sale will offer a number of lots pertaining to the Mexican-American War including the official printing of the “secret” version of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which was under consideration by the U. S. Senate. Although the treaty was signed in February 1848, its provisions were kept secret while the Senate debated its ratification. This treaty gave the U. S. an addition of land equaled in size only by the Louisiana and Alaska purchases (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Also of interest to Mexican-American War collectors is second most important map of the war, A Correct Map of the Seat of War in Mexico, 1847. It is a copy of the map captured from General Mariano Arista at Resaca de la Palma, with additions and corrections. Visually, this map is among the liveliest Mexican-American War images, depicting Manifest Destiny in full-tilt cartographical mode (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000).

Oregon and California in 1848, by J. Quinn Thornton, published in two volumes in 1849, is an important early work on the California gold fields. This first edition contains a folding map by J. H. Colton, Map of California, Oregon, Texas, and the Territories adjoining with Routes &c. It also gives the first lengthy account of the Donner tragedy (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500). Another lot where California is featured is an original order book from R.J. Waters & Co., with some 182 gelatin silver photographs of sights and scenes in San Francisco from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries. The images show the growth and evolution of the city from its earliest days (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Signed by John Hancock

Signed by John Hancock

Two lots signed by American icons are also featured. The first, an engraved military appointment on vellum, was signed by Abraham Lincoln on March 22, 1865, less than a month before he would be assassinated by John Wilkes Booth (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). The other is an affectionate autograph note from John Hancock to his wife, in 1791, presenting a “Token of my Love and Affection,” boldly signed (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, August 20th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21st and 22nd, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, August 23rd, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Early Dust Jackets Featured in August 9th Sale

Leaves of Grass in an Early Dust Jacket

Leaves of Grass in an Early Dust Jacket

On August 9th, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will hold an auction of Fine & Rare Books – Art & Illustration – Asian & Asian-American Material featuring The Bret Sharp Collection of Books in Early Dust Jackets. On offer, will be over 600 lots of rare books, illustrated books, children’s books, Asian art books, and more. The main section of the auction ranges from early printings of legal and religious texts to 20th century scientific works, finely bound books and sets, fine printing, literary ephemera, and more. Art, illustration and children’s books, from Baum and Beardsley to Rackham and Rivera, are followed by a selection of East Asian art and illustrated books, primarily from China and Japan.

The use of printed dust jackets to protect and market books was largely an early twentieth century innovation in publishing and for collectors of modern books the presence and condition of the dust jacket can have an exponential effect on the value of a book. The most extreme example perhaps being F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a copy without a dust jacket is offered in this sale with an estimate of $2000/3000, if the dust jacket were present and in very good condition, we would estimate this volume at more than $100,000.00. Despite the late popularity of dust jackets, numerous earlier examples exist. The Sharp collection brings together scores of early dust jackets on classic literary and historical works.

A copy of Walt Whitman’s great poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, with a copyright of 1891 but believed to be an undated printing issued in 1896, is offered in a very early dust jacket. Although unrecorded, it is perhaps the earliest jacket known for this work (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000). An Object of Pity, or, The Man Haggard [with] Objects of Pity, or Self and Company by A Gentleman of Quality written by Robert Louis Stevenson and “Many Competent Hands” are both in French fold parchment dust-wrappers. Privately printed with a speculated edition of only 35, it is perhaps the most unattainable of Stevenson’s works (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). An early American edition of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, c. 1878, in the original terra-cotta colored cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt is offered with the original publisher’s printed dust jacket (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Brinkley's The Oriental Series

Brinkley’s The Oriental Series

Highlights from the Asian section of the sale include the massive overview of East Asian art, “Toyo Bijutsu Taikwan” [The Collection of the Eastern Arts], in sixteen massive volumes with numerous plates, some color, presenting an overview of historic east Asian art and artifacts, published in 1919 (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000). Captain F. Brinkley’s The Oriental Series: Japan & China, 1 of 50 sets of the Viceroy Edition printed on Japan Vellum. This edition is elaborately illustrated with inserted plates, some colored and many on silk and bound in period full green morocco, elaborately stamped in gilt with a floral motif (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500).

Other featured items include: Willy Pogany’s illustrated edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, 1930, limited to 1250 copies signed by Pogany, bound in full morocco tooled in gilt (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); Marcel Gromaire’s striking livre d’artiste of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with 20 original etchings, limited to 200 copies signed by the artist (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); A Defence of M. Perkins Booke, Called A Reformed Catholike, 1606, by Anthony Wotton, the English Puritan clergyman and controversialist (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); and Trigonometria Artificialis, by Adriaan Vlacq, 1633, the first table of logarithmic trigonometric functions, containing the logarithmic sines and tangents to ten places of figures (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500).

Pogany's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (2)

Pogany’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (2)

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, August 6th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7th and 8th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, August 9th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Impressive Results at Debut Pen Sale

Montblanc Kandinsky 18K Gold Skeleton Artisan Edition

Montblanc Kandinsky 18K Gold Skeleton Artisan Edition

PBA Galleries seized leadership of the Fine Writing Instruments auction market in its successful debut Fine Pens sale on July 19th in San Francisco. The 361 lot auction attracted participants from all over the globe, and over 90% of the lots sold went above their low estimates.

Montblanc Artisan Edition pens performed particularly well in the sale. A Montblanc Leonardo da Vinci 18K gold skeleton fountain pen soared past its $14,000-18,000 estimate to achieve $48,000, while a Genghis Khan 18K gold fountain pen brought $45,000 with an estimate of $14,000-18,000. A Montblanc Charlie Chaplin 18K gold skeleton fountain pen also reached $45,000 with an estimate of $20,000-25,000, and a Wassily Kandinsky “Masters of Abstract Art” 18K gold skeleton fountain pen fetched $24,000. Strong Montblanc results extended to Writers Series and Patron of Art series pens as well, with a Peter I the Great and Catherine II the Great matching-numbered pair of Patron of Art pens achieving $10,200, an Alexander the Great Patron pen reaching $4500, and a Marcel Proust Writers Series pen selling for $2160.

Architect's Fountain Pen

Architect’s Fountain Pen

Vintage Montblanc rarities also found favor in the sale, with 43 of 44 vintage lots sold, many of them well above the estimate range. A Montblanc No. 12 “Goliath” reached $9000, while a Montblanc Architect’s pen sold for $6000 and a No. 128 Platinum-Lined celluloid pen fetched $2700.

Parker 47 "Pregnant Parker" FP

Parker 47 “Pregnant Parker” FP

Other brands achieved impressive results as well, with a Montegrappa White Nights 18K gold fountain pen selling for $6600, an OMAS Gentleman Seaman 18K gold pen selling for $5400 and an OMAS Aleksandr Pushkin 18K gold pen reaching $4800. Vintage results include a Parker No. 47 eyedropper pen (known to collectors as the “Pregnant Parker”), circa 1925, which sold for $5400; a rare Pilot-Namiki red lacquer maki-e pen by Shogo, circa 1925, which reached an impressive $24,000; and a Dunhill-Namiki Goldfish maki-e pen, Yukari-sized, 1930s, which achieved $6600.

PBA Galleries’ Director of Fine Pens, Ivan Briggs, said: “The market for fine pens continues to grow, with demand for outstanding modern and vintage Montblancs leading the way. Montblanc’s Artisan Editions are truly pocket-sized masterpieces, and the dynamic response to our sale demonstrates the high regard in which these pens are held. The strong surge of interest for vintage Montblancs shows that the company’s present successes are founded upon a hundred-year history of great pen design and meticulous craftsmanship”.

PBA Galleries’ next Fine Pens sale is scheduled for December 6th, 2018. For information on that sale, consignments or auction results, please contact Ivan Briggs at PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Call of the Wild Modern Literature on July 26th

The Call of the Wild in beautiful dust jacket

The Call of the Wild in beautiful dust jacket

On Thursday, July 26th, PBA Galleries will host a sale of over 550 lots of fine literature, mostly from the 20th century, with a few from earlier times, and a handful from our current millennium. Included are first editions of key works by the major authors of our time, most in the original dust jackets, many signed or inscribed. There is a large selection of works by Charles Bukowski, with a number of limited editions containing original oil paintings by the rogue poet. Also present are significant works or sizable collections by William S. Burroughs, Truman Capote, Willa Cather, Stephen Crane, John Fante, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Jack London, Flannery O’Connor, Michael Shaara, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Richard Wright, and many others.

A first edition of Jack London’s best and most enduring work, The Call of the Wild, is a highlight of the sale. Published in 1903 shortly after its serialized appearance in the Saturday Evening Post, it contains Illustrations by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull and page decorations by Charles E. Hooper. Rarely is a copy found in such a beautifully preserved dust jacket. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000)

Featured in the sale is one of the most influential books ever written, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Immensely popular when published in 1852, the anti-slavery novel helped fuel the abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century. This first printing is in the original gilt stamped and lettered cloth. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000)

Richard Wright’s memoir of his youth in the South, Black Boy, originally was titled American Hunger and contained a second part about his young adult life in Chicago. When Black Boy was published without these chapters, Wright gave his eventual biographer, Constance Webb, permission to publish them. Offered in this sale is one of the rare First Edition which was limited to 500 numbered copies published for private circulation. (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000)

Bukowski original art in South of No North

Bukowski original art in South of No North

A scarce deluxe copy of Bukowski’s first short story collection with Black Sparrow, South of No North: Stories of the Buried Life, contains original artwork by the author. This is No. 46 of 60 deluxe copies of the First Edition, 50 of which were for sale. A colorful work of art in what appears to be pastels and signed “Buk” in large purple letters is tipped in following the title pages. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000)

Other lots featured in the sale include signed and inscribed first editions of: Catch-22, Joseph Heller’s classic novel of World War II, a first edition inscribed and signed by Heller on the front free endpaper (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a first edition of the anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, inscribed by Vonnegut on half title with his signature (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500); Mickey Spillane’s first book, I, the Jury, with a long inscription by the author (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and inscribed by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream ($700-$1,000).

Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, July 23rd, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24th and 25th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, July 26th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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