The third part of the Library of an English Bibliophile sale achieved £659,714. The top lot for this part was a first edition of James Joyce's Dubliners, which made £86,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £70,000-90,000.
This is the third sale from the very distinguished library of an English Bibliophile, following our two previous sales held in October 2010 in London and October 2011 in New York. This selection focuses on a fine collection of Victorian triple-deckers by well-known authors such as George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, Charlotte Brontë, Thomas Hardy, R.D. Blackmore, George Gissing, Henry James and many others, along with rare editions by several neglected women writers of the period. Nearly all of these folios are preserved, quite unusually, in fine condition in their original cloth bindings. These noteworthy works are joined by great individual highlights in literature, psychology and economics, including the Shakespeare Second Folio of 1632, two of the limited edition issues of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the first edition of Sigmund Freud’s Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams) and the first English edition of Machiavelli’s The Prince.
Please note that we are now aware of three further recorded copies of this broadside, at the National Library of Scotland, Yale, and McMaster. The present copy remains the only known copy in private hands. This lot should have no VAT symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the auctioneer's margin scheme and VAT will not be charged on the hammer price. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.
Strangers and Pilgrims was published in 1873, not 1875 as stated in the printed catalogue.
Please note that the upper hinge and joint for volume one has been strengthened.
There are repairs to the spines and wrappers of the parts-issue of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.
This work is in three volumes, not two as stated in the printed catalogue. The "Tinsley's Magazine" blocking in blind is on the covers of volumes 1 and 2, not 2 and 3 as stated in the printed catalogue.
The volumes in this set have probably been recased at some point. Although possessing the title page of the first impression volume 3 has the text of the first edition, second impression, which was issued shortly after the first impression. Volumes 1 and 2 have the uncorrected text of the first impression. This therefore appears to be a mixed set, with the slight divergence of alignment in the blocking of the spines noted by Purdy in such cases(Thomas Hardy. A Bibliographical Study, p.45)
History of a Crime is dated 1877, not 1878 as stated in the printed catalgoue.
This book was published in 1890, not 1880 as stated in the printed catalogue.
There has been some very minor restoration to the spine.
This volume has been rebacked, preserving most of the original spine.
Please note that the condition report has now been revised and should read: "title to volume I slightly browned, upper margins of volume I trimmed with some headlines shaved, early ownership inscriptions at foot of volume I, p.589 erased, some wear to joints and edges".
Castle Richmond was published by Chapman & Hall, not Chatto & Windus as stated in the printed catalogue.