Livres d’Artiste, Signed First Editions, Science Fiction Classics Among Highlights of Swann Galleries Auction

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NEW YORK, NY.- On Thursday, May 12 Swann Galleries will conduct a two-session auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, and 19th & 20th Century Literature. The sale begins at 10:30 a.m. with a selection of architecture and art journals, livres d’artiste, fine private press books, original illustrations and works on fashion and design. The afternoon session, starting at 1:30 p.m., features first editions, signed and inscribed copies, children’s literature, and a section devoted to science fiction, fantasy and thriller fiction. Among the desirable livres d’artiste are Picasso’s collaboration with Pierre Reverdy, Le Chant des Morts, one of 20 hors commerce copies signed by both, Paris, 1946-48 (estimate $5,000 to $7,500); a first edition of Andy Wahol’s Index Book, in the original