The Fine Books & Manuscripts sale at Bonhams on March 9 is led by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s notebook, 1835-1837, which contains drafts for every poem to appear in her first significant collection of poetry The Seraphim and Other Poems, along with several other never-before-seen poems, estimated at $400,000-600,000. Other intriguing lots include a complete and large copy of Shakespeare’s second folio (1632) and an alchemical manuscript, “The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.” For more information, visit

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From March 10-16, Christie’s will hold a special preview for The Collection of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a dedicated auction of rare musical manuscripts and memorabilia, scheduled to take place in New York on June 15. The collection includes approximately ninety lots and represents a selection of autograph material from some of the most important composers of the Western classical tradition. The majority of manuscripts come from the carefully curated gift of Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), renowned American composer and trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera. The sale is led by the sole surviving autograph musical manuscript by Schubert for his Piano Sonata in A flat Major (estimate: $350,000-500,000). For more information, visit

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Heritage Auctions

Kerouac, Twain, Spillane: These are the heavy-hitters at Heritage on March 8. First up: a heavily annotated 200-page typescript of Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums (1958), typed by Kerouac from his original typed scroll. The bidding starts at $200,000. Next: a steamer trunk once owned by Mark Twain (more on that in our spring 2016 issue) is on offer, opening at $25,000. Then: a trove of American crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s typescripts, first editions, original book cover art, even his Royal typewriter, all in separate lots. For more information, visit

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Swann Galleries

The March 9 auction at Swann Galleries offers Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, where highlights include Hans Holbein’s The Images of the Old Testament, with ninety-four woodcut illustrations, first edition in English, 1549, estimated at $10,000-15,000 (pictured here); Immanuel Kant’s Critik der reinen Vernunft, first edition, Riga, 1781, estimated at $8,000-12,000; and a sizable selection of incunabula, including a Gutenberg Bible leaf. For more information, visit

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