Sold to the Highest Bidder! ~ Austen on the Block…

The set of Jane Austen’s novels published by Bentley in 1833 and up for auction at Bonham’s sale today [June 8, 2010] has come under the gavel and has sold for £3,360  [= @ $4827.] [the estimate was for  £2000 – £3000 ]

Here are the details:

AUSTEN, Jane. Works, Bentley’s Standard Novel edition, 6 vol. in 5, 5 engraved frontispieces and additional titles, some light spotting to first and final few leaves, small corner tear to printed title “Pride and Prejudice”, without half-titles, ownership inscription of Eularia E. Burnaby (1856) on printed titles, bookplate of Henry Vincent, bookseller’s label of H.M. Gilbert, Southampton, uniform contemporary half calf, red and dark green morocco labels, extremities lightly rubbed [Gilson D1-D5], 8vo, R. Bentley, 1833

 Sold for £3,360 inclusive of Buyer’s Premium 


“No English reissue of JA’s novels is known after 1818 until in 1832 Richard Bentley decided to include them in his series of Standard Novels” (Gilson, p.211). See illustration on preceding page.

  • See the Bonham’s site here for details and other auction items in this ‘Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts’ auction [Sale No. 17809]
  • See Laurel Ann’s post analyzing this set [along with her super sleuthing as to the provenance!] at Austenprose

Someone has gone home very happy today!  [and hopefully this has gone to either a fine institution or a fine home with an Austen-loving owner…] 

[Posted by Deb]

One thought on “Sold to the Highest Bidder! ~ Austen on the Block…

  1. *sigh* That’s a lot of pecuniary emolument for something that others think is not rare. It is in my mind because of the uniqueness, beauty and age. You are right Deb. Someone has gone home happy with a bit of Jane history and a lovely set of her novels. Hope it was Sandy. Wish it had been me.

    Thanks for the update. LA


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