Selling rare books and manuscripts

Powell’s is selling a first edition set of Nabokov’s Lolita for $3,000. A first edition of Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is priced at $1000.

Last year at an auction fundraiser for a literary magazine, someone paid far less than you’d think for a working manuscript of Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man, complete with her editor’s notes in the margin. It arrived unexpectedly the day of the auction, so there was no advance notice that it was going on the block and no professional collectors or other moneyed types were in the audience.

(The Nabokov and Twain books are among those listed at Powell’s banned books page.)


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