Rare books at auction this week

There’s a trio of sales to watch on Thursday, June 9.

Forum Auctions sells modern literature, in 269 lots. A first set of impressions of the the Lord of the Rings the novels share the highest estimate between £1,500 and £2,000 with first edition copies by Graham Greene The man inside and The Ministry of Fear. A copy of Beerbohm Zuleika Dobson in a binding commissioned by James and Stuart Brockman and a first edition by Wilfred Owen Poems are each estimated between £1,000 and £1,500. One of 100 specially bound copies by Orwell One thousand nine hundred and eighty four could sell for between £800 and £1,200.

At Galeries Swann on Thursday, 245 lots of Illustration Art. by Georges Lepape Fantasy on fantasies / La Farandole (1914) should lead the sale to $20,000-30,000. An original watercolor by Eleanor Vere Boyle (EVB) published in Sarah Austin’s translation The never-ending story (1868) is estimated between $15,000 and $25,000. “A Love by the Stars”, a 1971 painting by Roger Hane for the De Beers “A Diamond Is Forever” advertising campaign rates the same estimate, as does a model by Paule Émile Berthon “The Marionette” and an illustration by Al Hirschfeld for the 1979 Broadway Production of “Sweeney Todd”.

PBA Galleries is selling Comic Books: Pre-Code Horror and Other Comics on Thursday, in 350 lots. Fight Against Crime #20 (July 1954), published by Story Comics and featuring a cover depicting a violent decapitation, is expected to sell for $10,000-15,000. The Incredible Hulk #181 (November 1974), featuring Wolverine’s first appearance, could sell for $6,000-9,000, while Daredevil #1 (April 1964) is estimated between $5,000 and $8,000.

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