Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:30 am by M. in , , ,    No comments
An auction in Sotheby's with some Brontë first editions and an Elizabeth Gaskell letter took place yesterday, July 9:
English Literature, History, Science, Children's Books and Illustration
09 July 2018 - 10 July 2017 , 2:00 PM
Sotheby's, London.

[Brontë, Charlotte]
The Professor. A Tale by Currer Bell. Smith, Elder & Co., 1857 
8vo, 2 volumes, first edition, half-titles, lacking advertisements at end of both volumes, [together with;]
Gaskell, E. Life of Charlotte Brontë. Smith, Elder & Co., 1857. 8vo, 2 volumes, half-titles, with 5 pp. newspaper article on the 'Death of Currer Bell' pasted down between half-title and title page of vol I., [with, bound at the back of vol. II.] John Skelton ("Shirley"), 'Charlotte Brontë', Fraser’s Magazine for Town and Country, Vol. 55, 1857; and W. P. P., Jottings on Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1856, [also with, loose in vol II.] manuscript poem “This last day of November…” on Bretton Park, Wakefield headed paper

Each volume uniformly bound black half calf with Lord Houghton’s armorial wheat sheaf stamp in gilt on upper cover, spine gilt , marbled endpapers, all edges red, minor browning, with abrasions to covers, some soiling to spines, bumped.

[Brontë, Charlotte]
Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. London Smith, Elder and Co., 1847
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP 
8vo, 3 volumes, FIRST EDITION, half-t
itles, without the publisher's advertisements,  light brown half calf, with Lord Houghton’s armorial wheat sheaf stamp in gilt on upper cover, spine gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges red, browning, boards soiled with abrasions, restoration to spine label of Vol III, spines sunned, bumped.Autograph album.
Album of C.101 Letters by Ada Lovelace, Florence Nightingale, Maria Edgeworth, Mary Somerville, Elizabeth Gaskell, and other eminent 19th Century Women
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP 

Includes a letter by Elizabeth Gaskell (to Mrs Horner, discussing her hopes that Charlotte Brontë would visit but that "Miss Martineau had had a letter from Miss Bronte saying that her father is very ill", and sending a novel, 4 pages, 8vo, n.d.),


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