- Sotheby's New York
The Mark Twain Collection of Nick Karanovich; June 19, 2003; Sale N07915
Sotheby's New York, , 2003, Wraps, , , Near Fine
240 pp. 248 lots. A 1/2-inch tear in the fore edge of the back cover, otherwise fine. ''Nick Karanovich was a remarkable collector. When it came to Mark Twain, his favorite subject, he was all-encompassing. He collected books, manuscripts, posters, painting, sculpture, postcards, mugs, cigar boxes, playing cards, toys, and nearly everything else. . . . Although he never found a good enough copy of Twain's first book, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and other sketches, Nick did manage to find beautiful copies of every other Twain first edition, as well as more than one hundred books from Twain's Library, a significant number of important letters and photographs, one of Twain's manuscript notebooks, and Mark Twain's own mahogany desk, among the many other highlights in this sale.''-from the introduction by Joel Silver. A priceless document of the collection before its dispersal.