Thanks to Julie at Austenonly for the information on this London auction! – for an update on these titles and other Austens at auction over the past month see here:


These books went on sale at auction today at Sotheby’s in London. The pre-sale estimate for Lot 86  was between £150,000-200,000. Bidding stopped at £142,000. It was ,therefore, unsold.

I have written about the intriguing history of this set of books before, here. This first edition set  was sent to Jane Austen’s friend, Anne Sharp, directly from her publisher, John Murray, specifically  at Jane Austen’s request.

The next lot, Lot 87, a first edition set of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion once owned by Fulwar Craven Fowle, was also unsold.The biding on this item stopped at £3800.


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  1. All I can say Deb, is that i wish that I could own these and, will a Kindle screen in the far flung future be able to command such prices or indeed any interest at all ?

    “Long live books!! Long live the revolution!! ”

    Oh sorry, that’s my 1960’s political leanings coming to the fore. ha! ha! (I’m getting carried away now.)


    • Ah yes Tony – maybe all the Austen bloggers could pool their resources, buy the thing and give it to Chawton House Library??

      Long live your 1960s political leanings! – did we meet in London in 1968 rioting about something?

      And of course, long live BOOKS – where would I be if the world only read their kindles?


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