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Event Date25 October 2019 | Live auction 17666

Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

New York
Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

Sale Overview

Christie’s is pleased to announce the 25 October auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana. The sale spans five centuries of the written word, from a brilliantly illustrated 15th century printed Bible to an autograph manuscript of Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece, Drumming. Some of the wide-ranging highlights include The Scott Greenbaum Collection of Literary First Editions, among which is an exceptionally fine copy of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale and many Dashiell Hammett first editions, including The Glass Key in its rare dust jacket; a section devoted to Game Theory, including rare offprints, a select group of manuscripts by John Forbes Nash, Jr., and two Nobel Prize Medals; the Brinley copy of America’s first banned book: Thomas Morton's New English Canaan of 1637; the important works of 17th-century naturalist-artist Maria Sibylla Merian; the Louisiana Purchase Collection of Alonzo J. Tullock; and a manuscript document from 1643 granting land near Coney Island to the first person of Muslim origin to settle in present-day America.

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