Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016 12:01 am by M. in ,    No comments
Some first editions are coming under the hammer at Sotheby's in New York:
Fine Books & Manuscripts
14 June 2016 | 10:00 AM EDT
Lot 9[Brontë, Charlotte, Emily and Anne] Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. London: Aylott and Jones, 1846
Estimate  15,000 — 25,000  USD

8vo (169 x 106 mm). Full gilt green morocco by Sangorski with the original cloth (Parrish II) bound in at rear.
First edition, the rare first issue of the first book by the Brontë sisters. In 1846, 1000 copies of the first issue were published by Aylott & Jones, but sales were very poor, with less than 40 copies sold. In an attempt to capitalize on the surprising success of Jane Eyre, Smith, Elder and Co., bought up the unsold stock in September 1848 and re-issued the book with a cancel title-page. 
Lot 10. [Brontë, Charlotte, Emily and Ann]Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1846.Estimate  2,000 — 3,000  USD
8vo (170 x 100 mm). Errata slip. Original blind-stamped green cloth; fading to spine, minor wear to joints at ends.
Second issue. Poems was first published by Aylott and Jones in an edition of 1,000 copies on 26 May 1846. In 1848 Smith purchased the unsold stock of 961 copies and published this second issue in October of that year, adding a cancel title (but not changing the date).
Lot 11. Brontë, Patrick, Rev. The Phenomenon; or, an account in verse, of the extraordinary disruption of bog, which took place in the moors of Haworth, on the 12th day of September, 1824: intended as a reward-book for the higher classes in sunday-schools.  Bradford: t. Inkersley, 1824Estimate  2,000 — 3,000  USD

Pamphlet, 8vo (7 3/8 x 4 1/4 in.; 188 x 108 mm). Title-page soiled, some damp-staining and spotting.  Contemporary plain wrappers.

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