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Modern & Historical Books

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer modern and historical books from the 16th to 20th centuries. Offering over 170 lots from several collections and estates, the online sale features renowned modern books, some signed and/or with photographs; large multiple-volume leather-bound sets; literary collections of famous authors; a “Thesaurus Sacrarum” in Latin printed in 1585, with Old and New Testament Biblical stories; military works, including a map of Washington, D.C. from 1861; groupings of assorted books; and more. Many books are first or early editions; others include engravings, illustrations, photographs, and/or maps. 

The sale presents a diverse selection of modern and antique books, from this century to the 1500s. From 2001 is an important tome on Antartica by Pat and Rosemarie Keough; this +27-pound volume has been honored with numerous awards for its outstanding photography and printing technique. Among the first or early editions by modern authors are those by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, Jack London, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Sinclair Lewis, A. A. Milne, James Jones, Colleen McCullough, and Truman Capote. Authors from the 19th century include Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, W. B. Yeats, and Lewis Carroll. Multi-volume sets of celebrated authors from various eras include works by William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ivan Turgenieff, Pierre Corneille, Honoré de Balzac, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas, and Voltaire (in French). Reflecting the interests on one collector, there are also a number of books on exploration and voyages.

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