The goal of the Pen American Center is simple and to be supported at all cost:  To defend freedom of expression and to celebrate the literature that such freedom makes possible.

To further the cause seventy-five writers and artists have contributed work to First Editions / Second Thoughts, an auction to be held at Christie’s on December 2 to benefit the Pen American Center.

This is much more than an auction of first editions donated by their authors.  It is a gathering of unique copies of important works. “Through annotations including notes, essays, drawings, photographs, letters to the reader, and inserted memorabilia, each contributor has transformed a first edition of a classic work into a distinct new artifact for one lucky buyer.”

If you collect one of these authors/artists or inscribed copies or Modern First Editions this is where you dip into the piggy bank. The speculation is removed and you are presented with a unique opportunity. And best of all you support an organization that is committed to preserving the foundation from which these works arise.