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Section I: Glenn Todd Collection of Arion Press & Beat Literature, Lots 1-72

Section II: Fine Press Books, Lots 73-89

Section III: Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries, Lots 90-336

Section IV: Lots sold without reserve, following Lot 336 

Over 400 lots of fine literature, significant modern press books, artist’s books, and other rarities, featuring the collection of San Francisco printer and publisher Glenn Todd of the Arion Press. The Todd collection includes his personal copies of some of the finest creations of the Arion Press, such as the Poems of W.B. Yeats with Diebenkorn etchings, and the Moser-illustrated Moby Dick, as well as Beat-related poetry and art. Literature from two centuries includes works by Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Sue Grafton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, John Steinbeck, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, John Williams, and many others.

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