Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Library of a Brontë Bibliophile at Sotheby's

Several early Brontë editions will be auctioned today, December 10 at Sotheby's:
The Library of an English Bibliophile Part III
London, 10 December 2013
10:30 AM GMT

Lot 23
Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1847

8vo (198 x 121mm.), first edition, 3 volumes, publisher's 32pp. catalogue dated June 1847 and one leaf advertising The Calcutta Review at the end of volume 1, original dark greyish reddish brown vertically-ribbed cloth, covers decorated in blind with triple line border enclosing decorative trellis-like border, pale yellow endpapers, preserved in blue cloth case and quarter blue morocco slipcase, recased, expert restoration and repairs to the spine ends, joints and hinges

Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP

Lot 24
Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1848

8vo (196 x 122mm.), 3 volumes, third edition, half-titles, with 2 pages of advertisements at the beginning of volume 1 and a 16-page publisher’s catalogue (dated September, 1849) at the end, 8 pages of reviews at the end of volume 3, volume 1 lacking the "9" in pagination on p.279 and the period in the headline of p.287, volume 3 without the "J" on p.95 and with the comma on the title-page clipped (all variants noted by Smith), publisher’s dark purple-brown vertically-ribbed cloth, blocked in blind and lettered in gold, yellow endpapers, Westley's & Co. binder’s ticket on rear pastedown of volume 1, in modern chemises and red morocco-backed slipcase, covers very slightly scuffed, spines slightly bumped at head and foot, neat repairs to volume 2 at head of spine, some wear to joints.

Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP

Lot 25
Shirley. A Tale. By Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849

8vo (189 x 112mm.), 3 volumes, first edition, 3-page advertisement for the third edition of Jane Eyre at end of volume 3, with volume 2, p.304 correctly numbered and with the error '"Well said he' in line 1 not corrected, contemporary half calf, spines gilt, red morocco lettering-pieces, lacking 16-page publisher's catalogue in volume 1, some wear to hinge of volume 2 with small tear at foot of gutter in first few pages.

Estimate 1,500 — 2,000 GBP

Lot 26
The Professor. A Tale. By Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1857

8vo (196 x 123mm.), two volumes in one, first edition, secondary binding, 2-page advertisement for Mrs Gaskell''s Life of Charlotte Brontë at end of volume 1, 16-page publisher's catalogue dated November 1858 at end of volume 2, publisher's dark green ribbed cloth, blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, spine slightly bumped at head and foot.

Estimate 800 — 1,000 GBP 

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