At this on­line auc­tion: Books au­to­graphed by JK Rowl­ing to Ran­jitsin­hji, rare first edi­tions

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI / STATE -

Here’s good news for bib­lio­philes as a book auc­tion brings to­gether some rare first edi­tion books.

Or­gan­ised by Sto­ryLTD, an e-com­merce and auc­tion ser­vice of­fered by Saf­fronart, the auc­tion, which will be held on­line on Novem­ber 1415, will have not just first edi­tion books but also signed copies and lim­ited edi­tion books of clas­sics in In­dian and world lit­er­a­ture.

“Sto­ryLTD has held sev­eral suc­cess­ful book auc­tions in the past, but this is the first time we are fo­cussing on first, signed and lim­ited edi­tion books. First, signed and lim­ited edi­tion books are highly sought af­ter in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, and we are at­tempt­ing to build a mar­ket for the genre within In­dia. We plan on es­tab­lish­ing this cat­e­gory as a reg­u­lar fea­ture in our auc­tion cal­en­dar,” Saf­fronart co­founder Di­nesh Vazi­rani said in a state­ment.

Some of the books to look for­ward in the auc­tion are the Harry Pot­ter se­ries signed by au­thor JK Rowl­ing; A Day in the Life, Photographs of the Bea­tles by Michael Ward; the first edi­tion of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita; Aristo­phanes’ Ly­sis­trata, signed and il­lus­trated by Pi­casso; first edi­tion James Bond books by Ian Flem­ing; and two signed books by Mar­garet Thatcher.

Other cat­e­gories in­clude first edi­tion books by Jim Cor­bett (set of 5), Raga­mala; The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Ravi Shankar, signed by the au­thor; Re­li­gion and So­ci­ety, au­thored and signed by for­mer In­dian Pres­i­dent S. Rad­hakr­ish­nan; a signed first edi­tion of The Ju­bilee Book of Cricket by crick­et­ing legend and ruler of Nawana­gar, Ran­jitsin­hji, amongst many oth­ers.

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