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Sylvester Stallone’s Library Collection of Rare Books Debuts at Heritage Auctions

A Spellbinding $394,000 for J.K. Rowling’s Chair Sold at Heritage Auctions HistoricalActor, writer and director Sylvester Stallone’s personally-owned library of rare and collectible books will debut in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books auction March 8 in New York. The collection of nearly 45 lots, spanning hundreds of volumes includes rarities such as one of 300 sets of The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman, with an extraordinary 1890 hand-written postcard from Whitman (est. $4,000).

“Stallone is one of the most accomplished screenwriters of our time,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “It is little surprise his library is filled with limited edition and rare examples of works from the giants of literature – many of which include rare signatures by the authors themselves.”

hah2-8-17The library marks the second of Stallone’s personally-owned property and memorabilia collections offered at Heritage – the first of which realized more than $3 million across three public auction sessions in December, 2015.

The international superstar’s rare book collection includes a 1902, leather-bound, 10-volume set Sir Walter Scott’s The Waverly Novels includes a one-page autographed letter, signed by Scott (est. $2,000) and a 1900, 22-volume example of the Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, signed by Hawthorne on a tipped-in Liverpool customs certificate  (est. $1,500) and limited to 500 sets.

The collection holds stunning examples of complete sets only available in limited supply: Norman M. Penzler, editor, C. H. Tawney’s original 1880 English translation of The Ocean of Story, specially-bound issue, limited to 10 sets for Their Highnesses the Reigning Princes of India is on offer (est. $1,500) as is a 1886 first-edition set of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, in fine condition and housed in two protective boxes (est. $2,000). Finely bound sets include works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Browne, John Burroughs and essays by Plutarch (est. $500).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

  • Works of Washington Irving, 1895-1987, Author’s Autograph Edition, 40 volumes, limited to 500 sets (of which this is No. 23) with original, one-page holographic manuscript (est. $1,200).
  • The Complete Writings of Lord Macaulay, 1899-1900, Large Paper Edition, limited to 500 numbered sets (of which this is No. 212), with original two-page autograph letter, signed by Macaulay and dated March 29, 1857 (est. $1,000).


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