22 - 23 March 2005
QUINN, John (1870-1924) -- The Library of John Quinn. New York: Anderson Galleries, 12 November 1923-17 March 1924.
5 parts in one volume, 8o (229 x 148 mm). 12 plates of authors' portraits, mainly by contemporaneous artists, and numerous facsimiles in the text. Contemporary green buckram, original wrappers preserved. Provenance: "G.A.B. & Co." (penciled on front wrappers, prices and buyers' names).
PRICED, with the 12,096 lots with most buyers' names penciled by a member of the firm of G.A.B. & Co. Probably the most remarkable private collection of English and American nineteenth and twentieth century first editions and autograph mansucripts ever formed. The works of each author, many of whom the collector knew personally, are prefaced by a biographical note. Quinn, who died on the first day of the last sale, was a successful lawyer, specializing in tax law and the rights of artists and writers. He defended James Joyce's Ulysses against the censors and was one of the chief backers of the 1913 Armory Show. His sale realized $226,352, of which his Conrad material alone fetched nearly $110,000, obtained from Conrad at the cost of some $10,000. The autograph manuscript of Ulysses only realized $1,950, bought by Rosenbach, and is now at the Rosenbach Museum and Libary in Philadelphia. Copies with all prices and buyers' names appear to be very uncommon: McKay cites only two with all prices (but without buyers).
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