The fifth part of Sotheby’s The Library of an English Bibliophile series demonstrated, once again, the appetite for fine books from this magnificent collection. This selection of largely inscribed or signed volumes saw Oscar Wilde command the highest price (£197,000 for the exceptional dedication copy of The Importance of Being Earnest) followed by James Joyce (£143,000 for an inscribed first edition of Ulysses) and T.S. Eliot (£81,250 for an inscribed first edition of The Waste Land).
Part V of The Library of an English Bibliophile spotlights more than 140 rare and important signed and inscribed copies of works by major European and American authors from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth centuries, from James Boswell to Samuel Beckett. Superb presentation and association copies of first and limited editions by authors such as Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, George Orwell, T.S. Eliot, Charles Darwin, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Ian Fleming, among many others, will feature in the highly select group of lots. This fifth instalment from The Library of an English Bibliophile continues the previous successes of this sale series, which began in London in 2010, continued in New York in 2011, and re-commenced again in London from 2013 onwards.