Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014 12:30 am by M. in ,    No comments

An auction taking place today, May 19, in London, contains first editions of Brontë novels and more:
Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions
Important Books, Manuscripts & Works on Paper
Monday 19 May 2014, 1.00pm
Bloomsbury London

Lot no. 67
[The Brontë sisters]. A collection of first edition novels
Estimate £60000–80000

Jane Eyre. An Autobiography.
Edited by Currer Bell, 3 vol., half-titles, without the advertisements in vol.I, last f. in vol.I seemingly slightly trimmed and remargined at inner margin, with further small paper repair to lower edge, some minor marking and very light oxidising, lacking sections from spines, 2 covers detached, others cracked or pulling, Smith, Elder, and Co., 1847;
Wuthering Heights. A Novel, by Ellis Bell [-]
Agnes Grey. A Novel, by Acton Bell,
together 3 vol., without half-titles as issued, without the advertisements in vol.III, 3 misnumbered pages, some light age-toning, spotting to vol.I title, a few straightened dog-ear place-marks, overall internally very good, wear and superficial loss to spines ends, 3 covers detached, other hinges cracked or pulling, Thomas Cautley Newby , 1847;
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
By Acton Bell, 3 vol., vol.I lacking half-title, vol.II & III without half-title as issued, light age-toning, occasional other minor marking to margins, but overall internally very good, vol.I rebacked with cloth preserving the leather spine, spines worn, 2 covers detached, other hinges cracked or pulling, T.C. Newby, 1848;
Shirley. A Tale, by Currer Bell, 3 vol., without half-titles as issued, vol.I with 16pp. publisher's catalogue dated October 1849, vol.III 3pp. advertisements, light damp-stain affecting lower fore-corner up to C1 in vol.I, some light marginal toning and occasional minor marking, overall internally very good, spines worn with some superficial loss, one cover detached, other hinges cracked or pulling, Smith, Elder and Co. , 1849;
Villette. By Currer Bell, 3 vol., without half-titles as issued, without the advertisements in vol.I, vol.III R2 with closed tear to lower margin, vol.III hinges repaired, a little light age-toning and occasional minor finger-marking, but overall internally very good, vol.III rebacked with cloth preserving the leather spine, joints worn, Smith, Elder & Co., 1853;
The Professor, A Tale. By Currer Bell, 2 vol., half-titles, vol.I 2pp. advertisement for Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë, vol.II 8pp advertisements for the Currer, Ellis & Acton Bell but without the 16pp. publisher's catalogue at end, spines worn at ends, hinges cracked with one cover detached, lower cover of vol.I scuffed, Smith, Elder & Co. , 1857, [Smith 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7] §
Leyland (Francis A.) The Brontë Family with special reference to Patrick Branwell Brontë,
2 vol., half-titles, spines worn with superficial loss, vol.II rebacked with cloth preserving leather spines, vol.I covers detached, [Yablon & Turner 344], Hurst and Blackett , 1886, first editions, uniformly bound in full calf, gilt, by Riviere & Son, with additional ink stamp of Bumpus to top edge of front fly-leaf verso, t.e.g., others as issued, 8vo (19)

An excellent opportunity to acquire a complete set of the Brontë sisters' novels in first edition and internally in very good condition.
One of 16 lots from The Property of a Lady (lot 61-76)
The books were collected by Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne (1871-1938), descending in the family to his daughter Marjorie Chadbourne, and then by descent in the family to his grand-daughter.

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