Highlights of the Fall 2019 Sale

Here are just a few of the things you’ll find in the Collector’s Corner at the Fall 2019 Sale.

…in my arms she was always Lolita.

No American publisher was comfortable with Vladimir Nabokov’s masterpiece, Lolita. So many of them rejected it that Nabokov eventually worked with the Olympia Press, a French house. It was first released as a two-volume set: for the fall sale we have a copy of the fourth printing of that now-famous two-volume first edition, which opens with a hastily added introduction detailing how the novel had been panned as “sheer unrestrained pornography.”

We also have a poster from Cornell University’s festival celebrating the centenary of Nabakov’s birth, bright and bold with a rendition of one of the author’s butterfly paintings.

Royal Poinciana Tree by the Indian River
Oil on canvas
Alfred Hair

This piece is fairly typical of Hair’s work: it focuses on a distinctly Floridian subject, a royal poinciana tree, its already bright color intensified by a blazing pre-storm sun. It is painted wet-on-wet, evident most in the bark of the tree, where the strokes flow together, and was pressed into its homemade frame before the paint had had a chance to dry. The painting was identified and appraised by the art dealer Bob LeBlanc, who has specialized in Highwaymen paintings and regional Florida art for the past twenty-four years. He has provided a certificate of authenticity for the piece.

Tales of the South Pacific
Special Autographed Edition
Limited to 1,500 copies, presented by Michener and Macmillian on the 50th Golden Anniversary of The American Booksellers Association.

Signed in blue ink by James A. Michener on the half title page.

The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

The Shape of Water was “designed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release — one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film.”

Mei Mei Miracle, a sweet, heartbreakingly beautiful animated film by Sunao Katabuchi (assistant director of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service) has been a niche favorite among anime fans since its release in 2009. Anime Limited released this book of concept art for the film in the hopes of raising money to make an English-language version, which would help the movie find a wider release. The fundraiser was successful, and it isn’t hard to see why.
Collector’s Corner will have copies of the Izzy’s Adventures books, autographed by Groton, New York’s most famous feline resident. See how the Friends of the Library and Izzy are working together to support young readers in the community.