This area has seen tremendous growth in the past 20 years or so with high prices achieved for many of the classics of 20th century literature.
Authors such as F Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Virgina Woolf and George Orwell are particularly popular.
With more modern authors such as Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes and Steig Larsson also in demand. Genres range from spy, detective and thrillers, to novels, short stories and poetry.
The Modern First Editions market is constantly evolving and prices at auction can respond to external factors, such as recent film adaptations, or an increase in interest for a particular author.
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Here we introduce some recent Modern First Editions' highlights:
Samuel Beckett & Edward Gorey (illustrator), Beginning to End | first edition, no. 89 of 300 copies | signed by Beckett and Gorey | text-illustrations and gold stamped title on spine, New York, 1988 | est. £300-400, sold for £521
Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies (1930); A Handful of Dust (1934); Scoop... (1938); Scott-King's Modern Europe (1947); Helena (1950) | first editions, est. £100-150, sold for £595
Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim | first edition, signed by the author | Victor Gollancz, 1953 | est. £800-1,200, sold for £4,375
Gabriel García Márquez | One Hundred Years of Solitude, first English edition, 1970 | No One Writes to the Colonel, first English edition, 1969 | Leaf Storm and Other Stories, first US edition, 1972 | est. £120-180, sold for £322
Seamus Heany, Death of a Naturalist | first edition, signed by the author | London, Faber and Faber, 1966 | est. £200-300, sold for £1,984
Iris Murdoch | A Year of Birds, limited edition, no. 204 of 350 | signed by the author and illustrator, 12 wood engravings by Reynolds Stone, 1978 | along with several other volumes by Iris Murdoch | est. £300-400, sold for £744
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again | first edition, first impression | London, George Allen & Unwin, 1937 | est. £25,000-35,000, sold for £37,500
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator | first American edition, ink inscription to front free endpaper, 1972 | along with several other volumes by Roald Dahl | est. £1,000-1,500, sold for £2,232
William Golding, Lord of the Flies | first edition, dedication copy signed by the author | London, Faber and Faber Ltd, 1954 | est. £3,000-4,000, sold for £11,250