436
436
[Sterne, Laurence.]
THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY. [YORK] AND LONDON, 1760–1767
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5,0007,000
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436
[Sterne, Laurence.]
THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY. [YORK] AND LONDON, 1760–1767
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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[Sterne, Laurence.]
THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY. [YORK] AND LONDON, 1760–1767
8vo, 9 volumes, FIRST EDITION, signed by the author as usual on B1 of volumes 5, 7 and 9, half-titles as called for, engraved plate by Ravanet after Hogarth at beginning of volume 3, marbled leaf inserted between L4 and L5 of same volume, with the initial blank in volume 5, volume 7 in first state with errata on verso of title, variant (b) setting for Dedication in volume 9, contemporary sprinkled calf, spines in six compartments, numbered and lettered in gilt, red morocco labels, red speckled edges, upper cover of first volume detached with previous neat repairs to spine, slight cracking to some joints, minor worming to lower margin of second volume (not affecting text), offsetting to endpapers, further slight wear to edges of binding
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Provenance

The Hon. Lionel Damer; R.H. Isham, armorial bookplates; Hobart F. Cole, later bookplate

The American collector Ralph Heyward Isham (1890--1955) is most famous for his reassembling of James Boswell's papers, following his acquisition of archives from the 6th Baron Talbot de Malahide, at Malahide Castle near Dublin, and also from other locations such as Fettercairn House in Scotland. He sold most of the collection to Yale in 1949 for $450,000

Literature

Rothschild II, 1970; Ashley V, p.204

Catalogue Note

First edition in a contemporary binding of perhaps the most playfully experimental novel in the English language.

"...L--d! said my mother, what is all this story about?- A COCK and a BULL, said Yorick - And one of the best of its kind, I ever heard."

English Literature, History, Science, Childrens Books and Illustrations

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