[I am repeating this from my Jane Austen in Vermont blog]
Bloomsbury Auctions-New York announces the exhibition and auction of
The Paula Peyraud Collection, Samuel Johnson
Women Writers in Georgian Society
Wednesday, 6 May, 2009 • 10:00 am
Bloomsbury Auctions, the world’s leading auction house for rare books and works on paper, announces The Paula Peyraud Collection, Samuel Johnson and Women Writers in Georgian Society with over 480 lots of books, manuscripts and paintings tells the fascinating story of English society in the middle and late Georgian periods. This extraordinary sale focuses on the artistic and literary women who came to the fore in the period 1750-1840.
A highlight in the sale are the following five titles from Jane Austen:
Emma-1816- 3 volumes: $8,000-12,000
Mansfield Park-1814- 3 volumes: $7,000-10,000
Northanger Abbey-1818- 3 volumes: $5,000-8,000
Pride and Prejudice-1813- 3 volumes Carysfort copy: $20,000-30,000
Sense and Sensibility-1811- 3 volumes: $25,000-35,000
There are a total of 483 lots for sale, to comprise books, autograph letters, engravings and watercolors of the era: Johnson and Boswell, and Walpole, etc., and many women writers are represented: Frances Burney, Maria Edgewoth, Hannah More, Hester Thrale Piozzi, Charlotte Lennox, Charlotte Smith, Charlotte Bronte, Ann Radcliffe, Marguerite Blessington, to name a few.
And see this watercolor of Elizabeth Bridges, Austen’s sister-in-law:
2 1/2 x 2 inches (6.5 x 5 cm).
Initialed “T.H.” (lower right).
A fine portrait miniature of Jane Austen’s sister in law, Elizabeth Bridges (1773-1808) who married Edward Austen, the brother of Jane Austen. Edward took the name of his second cousin Mr. Knight on inheriting in 1812 his estates in Kent at Godmersham Park. They had 11 children.
This lot sold with an uncolored print of Godmersham Park by Watts.
Literature: Country Life. 27 July 1987, ill. p.111. Est. $2000 – 3000.
Viewing hours for the Paula Peyraud Collection are:
Friday May 1- By appointment
Saturday May 2- 10-5 p.m.
Monday May 4- 10-7 p.m.
Tuesday May 5- 10-5 p.m.
Bloomsbury Auctions is the world’s leading auction house for rare books and works on paper and is headquartered in London with salerooms in New York and Rome.
For further information call Bloomsbury: 212-719-1000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view the full catalogue at the Bloomsbury website.