Sotheby's First Editions: Redrawn offers illustrated first editions

Sotheby's has announced First Editions: Redrawn, an auction of first edition books featuring unique additions and annotations from their illustrators.


The unique annotations and illustrations offer insight into the creative processes of some of the world's top illustrators



To be held on December 8 in London, the sale follows on from the First Editions, Second Thoughts auction in 2013, in which great writers added their comments to first edition copies of their work in order to raise money for EnglishPEN.

This year's instalment will raise funds for the House of Illustration, with some of the world's greatest living illustrators submitting re-drawn versions of their work and providing a unique insight into their creative process.

"This charity sale at Sotheby's demonstrates authors and illustrators re-engaging with their works. The thought behind the sale is simple: a collectable first edition has been given to an illustrator or author and the creator has been asked to annotate the text or illustrations, commented Sotheby's director of books & manuscripts, Dr Philip Errington.

"The responses are as varied as the individual creative spirits. The act of confronting first editions and engaging with them has created the ultimate copies of these works."

Featuring in the sale is Quentin Blake's reworking of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is the only copy to include a drawing of character Vanilla Fudge.

Gerald Scarfe's The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall has been furnished with numerous annotations and a newly illustrated dust jacket, making for an exciting lot for music collectors.

Raymond Brigg's The Snowman contains personal insights into the landscape and characters of the beloved children's book, while Judith Kerr's The Tiger who came to Tea sees the tiger now wearing a top hat, with annotations detailing his creation.

Director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam has added notes to his Animations of Mortality book, now re-titled Annotations of Mortality.

Sir Peter Blake has also added new illustrations and annotations to Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass, which he first illustrated in a celebrated 2006 edition.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a brilliant selection of literary collectibles for sale.


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