I catalogued half the books in this sale, it’s very odd seeing them again, rather like bumping into a whole group of ex-girlfriends whilst out for a walk. It isn’t awful by any means but it makes me feel slightly shaky.
Christie’s Sale 5334: Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts
13 June 2012, London, King Street
Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.With a Biographical Notice of the Author [by Henry Austen].London: C. Rowarth [vols I-II], and T. Davison [vols III- IV] for John Murray, 1818 [but ca. 20 December 1817].
Estimate: £5,000 – £8,000 ($7,975 – $12,760) Price Realized: £5,625 ($8,696)
Price Realized is hammer price plus buyer’s premium and does not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
4 volumes, 12° (172 x 103mm). (Some light spotting, without half-titles in vols. II-IV and final blanks P7-8 in vol. IV.) Near contemporary half calf over marbled boards by J. Seacome, Chester, with his yellow or pink ticket in each volume, flat gilt spines divided by greek key rolls between double fillets, and with red morocco lettering-pieces in two…
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