Graham Greene rare books and memorabilia

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Graham Greene rare books and memorabilia are collectible items relating to English author Graham Greene (1904-1991).

Brief History/biography

Greene’s works examine the uncertainties and anxieties surrounding moral conduct and politics in the 20th century. His Catholicism had a great bearing on his work, as did his bipolar disorder. His most famous works include the four ‘Catholic’ novels: Brighton Rock (1938), The Power and the Glory (1940), The Heart of the Matter (1948) and The End of the Affair (1951). Other notable works include The Third Man (1949) and The Quiet American (1955). He also wrote a huge volume of literary criticism and several travel narratives, including Journey Without Maps (1936) and The Lawless Roads (1939).

Types of rare books and memorabilia

Books

Christie’s

  • The Heart of the Matter (1948), Greene’s own annotated proof for the first edition, sold for $53,775 in October 2002.
  • The End of the Affair (1951), Greene’s own annotated proof for the first edition, sold for $53,775 in October 2002.
  • The Lawless Roads: A Mexican Journey (1939), first edition presentation copy, sold for $41,825 in October 2002.
  • Journey Without Maps (1936), Greene’s own annotated proof for the first edition, sold for $35,850 in October 2002.
  • Brighton Rock (1938), first edition association copy inscribed by Greene to his wife, sold for $26,290 in October 2002.
  • The Power and the Glory (1940), first edition, presentation copy, sold for $21,150 in April 2001.

Sothebys

  • Brighton Rock (1938) first edition in original dust jacket, sold for £70,850 in October 2010.
  • Collection of 15 first editions, all presentation copies to his lifetime companion Yvonne Cloetta, sold for £16,250 in December 2011.
  • Journey Without Maps (1936), first edition presentation copy, sold for £9,000 in June 2007.
  • The Man Within (1929), first edition presentation copy, sold for £9,000 in June 2007.
  • The Power and the Glory (1940) first edition, sold for £6,600 in July 2006.

Documents, Autographs etc

Christie’s

  • Handwritten manuscript of The Quiet American (1952), working draft with revisions, sold for $68,500 in October 1995.
  • Typescript of The Lawless Roads (1938), working draft with revisions, sold for $27,500 in November 1992.

Sothebys

  • Successive drafts of novel Doctor Fischer of Geneva, or The Bomb Party, many handwritten. Sold for £42,000 in June 2007.
  • Substantial series of correspondence between Greene and his protégé R. K. Narayan. Sold for £30,000 in July 2004.
  • Typescript of A World of My Own, working draft with revisions, sold for £10,000 in December 2011.

Guide for collectors

Greene is eminently collectible. He is popular worldwide, and particularly works with his inscription, autograph, annotations and draft revisions are very valuable. First editions in their original dust jackets are desirable, and retaining an original dust jacket in good condition will greatly increase the worth of a first edition copy.

His unsuccessful second and third novels The Name of Action (1930) and Rumour at Nightfall (1931) were disowned by Greene, who also refused to allow any further printings. This makes these two books, if not his most popular, the most scarce to collectors, and therefore very valuable.

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