Upcoming Profiles in History Auction
Two of the most important books in childrens literature to hit the auction block.
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The "real" Alice's* copy of Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (est $100,000-$150,000) and Beatrix Potter's own copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, specially bound with a personal inscription (est $80,000-$120,000) will highlight Profiles in History's December 16, 2009 auction of the Pat McInally Collection of Children's Literature.
[*Ten-year-old Alice Liddell met and inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.]
This unique auction of 101 lots will also include a First Edition, first state of the text copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (est $40,000-$60,000), a First Edition of Goldfinger, inscribed by Ian Fleming to William Plomer, the book's dedicatee (est $60,000-$80,000) and a First Edition, First Issue Presentation copy of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, accompanied by something extra-two fine original pencil drawings by of Alice and Humpty Dumpty by illustrator John Tenniel (est $40,000-$60,000).
Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00 PM (noon) Pacific Time and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone or fax. In addition, Internet bidding is offered at the following sites: iCollector and LiveAuctioneers.
Other volumes to be offered include Limited Edition copies of Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six, all inscribed by author A.A. Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard ($20,000-$50,000 EACH), a First Edition, presentation copy of The Time Machine: An Invention, inscribed by author H.G. Wells, ($20,000-$30,000), a fine First Edition (in dust jacket) copy of Stuart Little, inscribed by author E.B. White ($10,000-$15,000), a First Edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Fellowship of the Ring, ($10,000-$12,000), a First American Edition of Peter and Wendy, inscribed by J.M. Barrie ($6,000-$8,000), a copy of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, with a fantastic tipped-in autograph letter about Narnia by C. S. Lewis ($8,000-$12,000) a First Edition copy of The Story of Little Black Sambo ($8,000-$12,000) and a First Edition of Mother Goose in Prose, L. Frank Baum's first published book for children and the first book appearance of Dorothy of Oz ($8,000-$12,000).
In addition to aforementioned Goldfinger, James Bond aficianados will be competing for inscribed, First Edition copies of For Your Eyes Only ($20,000-$30,000), Thunderball ($15,000-$18,000) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service ($8,000-$12,000) and fans of Harry Potter will find a set of Deluxe Editions copies of the first four Harry Potter books, all inscribed by J. K. Rowling ($6,000-$8,000) as well as other rare editions from the Potter series.
Besides the books themselves, collectors will find exquisite, original artwork from the books, including an original John Tenniel drawing of the Gryphon from Lewis Carroll's 1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ($60,000-$80,000) and Beatrix Potter's original preparatory drawing of Robin for The Tale of Peter Rabbit ($6,000-$8,000).