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California, Alice, and Bond… James Bond

Not to mention E.B White, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Adams, L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, J.K. Rowling, and H.G. Wells….

The Southern California auctioneer, Profiles in History, will be auctioning a valuable collection of children’s literature, as well as some collectibles for adults, on December 16. The collection is that of NFL player Pat McInally, a Harvard graduate who was a punter and receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976 to 1985.

The collection includes an original drawing, by John Tenniel, of the Gryphon (shown in the LA Times article) from Alices’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as two copies of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. The first of the copies contains a pair of original pencil drawings by Tenniel and is estimated to sell for $40,000 to $60,000, and the other, which is expected to sell for at least twice as much, is signed by Alice Liddell, who as a young girl inspired Lewis Carroll to write the “Alice” books.

As for Bond, James Bond, there is a first edition of Goldfinger signed by Ian Fleming to William Plomer, to whom the book is dedicated, and first editions of Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and For Your Eyes Only.

Other first editions (of books by the authors in my first statement above) are for auction as well. Bids will be accepted by mail, fax, and in person, as well as through online auctioneers icollector and LiveAuctioneers. See the LA Times article for details on the other books.

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