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Wallace, Lew | Wallace, Lew. First edition, first issue of Ben-Hur. An uncommonly nice copy

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 USD

The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman

Wallace, Lew | Wallace, Lew. First edition, first issue of Ben-Hur. An uncommonly nice copy

Wallace, Lew | Wallace, Lew. First edition, first issue of Ben-Hur. An uncommonly nice copy

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 USD

Lot sold:

2,772

USD

The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman


Wallace, Lew 

Ben-Hur. A Tale of the Christ. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1880


8vo (168 x 113 mm). 12pp. publisher's catalogue at rear; first gathering a bit loose. Original grey-blue cloth with colored floral designs, lettered in black; spine lightly sunned, corners a bit bumped, boards lightly discolored, still an uncommonly nice copy. Housed in a blue cloth slipcase with chemise. 


First edition, the rare first issue, (dated title-page and dedicated "To the Wife of My Youth"). 


"In America, 300,000 copies were sold in the first ten years after publication, making it one of the highest-ranking bestsellers of the nineteenth century. It has been successfully translated to the stage, and also into one of the early moving picture colossal super-spectacles" (Grolier). 


PROVENANCE

Thomas Jefferson McKee (bookplate) — Mrs J. Insley Blair (excised Blairhame booklabel – now lacking – on front paste-down, letter of provenance laid in from John Champion dated [19]32, where he describes this copy as "the finest by far that I have ever seen") 


REFERENCE

BAL 20798; Grolier 100-82

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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