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Literature with Beats and Counterculture at PBA on May 19th

PBA Galleries has announced an auction of Fine Literature – With the Beats, Bukowski & the Counterculture on May 19th, 2022. The sale comprises over 480 lots of fine literature and ephemera, featuring scarce works from the counterculture and the Beat Generation, as well as a large selection from Charles Bukowski, including signed typescript poems.

The sale also includes important works by Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and other major 20th century figures. High points of 19th century literature include important editions of works by Thoreau, Wordsworth, and Whitman among others. The sale also features fantasy and science fiction, with works by Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Particularly scarce are two books from the Anne of Green Gables series in early dust jackets, one with a rare inscription by L.M. Montgomery.

Major lots of the sale include Elaine Steinbeck's copy of East of Eden with a three-page autograph letter signed by Elaine Steinbeck attesting this to be the first copy from the publisher (est. $15,000-25,000). Also on offer is a copy of Anne of Green Gables, inscribed, with an early pictorial dust jacket, the eleventh impression inscribed by L.M. Montgomery on the front free endpaper (est. $10,000-15,000).

Among several works by Stephen King, is the very scarce limited edition of the first volume of King’s Dark Tower series: The Gunslinger. One of 500 copies, signed by Stephen King and Michael Whelan on the limitation page (est. $7,000-10,000). Also offered are copies of The Shining, Carrie, and the Stand.

The poetry section of the sale comprises Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman, 1855-1888. An authenticated personal copy, handled by Whitman and signed by himself on the title-page of Leaves of Grass. Furthermore, it is inscribed by his literary executor, Horace Traubell (est. $5,000-8,000). Also a copy of the scarce limited edition, signed, of Eliot’s first book for Faber and Gwyer, a collection of his poems from 1909 to 1925. It is one of 85 copies, signed by T.S. Eliot on the limitation page (est. $4,000-6,000).

Other highlights include: Don Quixote, sixth edition in English of the classic work, "Adorn'd with new sculptures.", 1733 (est. $5,000-$8,000) and a set of 37 issues of Kaliflower, a nice run of this important counterculture publication, with copies in any condition rarely seen on the market (est. $4,000-$6,000).

PBA limits live auction participation to online or phone bidding. For more information about upcoming sales, to schedule a preview or phone bidding for a future auction, please contact the galleries at 415.989.2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.