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Two Austen items on the auction block in early December:

Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts
Sale N08602

11 Dec 09, New York
Exhibition Opens 5 Dec 09

DATE & TIME:  Session 1: Fri, 11 Dec 09, 10:00 AM
                               Session 2: Fri, 11 Dec 09, 2:00 PM



10,000—15,000 USD 

Mansfield Park. London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1814.  1st edition.

3 volumes, 12mo (6⅞ x 10 in.; 750 x 553 mm). Half-titles, paper watermarked 1812; (1): tear to lower right corner of C1, loss of lower right corner of G7; (2): top of title-page cropped, closed tears on H6–7 touching 2 lines of text, loss to lower right margin of O3, lacks terminal blank O4; (3) loss to right margin of B5, loss of right upper corners of I7–8 costing one letter on I8v, lacks advertisement leaf R4 at end. Contemporary half polished calf over marbled boards, ruled in gilt, smooth spines gilt, endpapers and edges plain; joints cracked or starting, head of spines of vols. 1–2 chipped, waist and foot of spine of vol. 3 chipped. Red morocco backed folding case.    

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES:  Gilson A6; Keynes Austen 6; Sadleir 62C


15,000—20,000 USD 

Emma: A Novel. By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice.” London: Printed for John Murray, 1816.  1st edition. 

3 volumes, 12mo (6¾ x 4 in.; 172 x 102 mm). Lacks half-titles, light toning; (1): preliminaries and quires N and P foxed, staining in quire G, loss to right margin on H11, short marginal tears on H12 and K1; (2) foxing more pronounced throughout, some staining in quire E, quires M and O browned; (3) neat repairs to long tears on H4 and H6 affecting several lines of text, quire O browned and stained. Contemporary half navy polished calf, ruled in gilt, spines gilt in 6 compartments (2 reserved for red morocco lettering and numbering pieces), endpapers and edges plain; upper hinge of vol. 2 strengthened. Quarter black morocco folding case.    

PROVENANCE:  Cecilia Hawken (ownership inscription on title-pages) — Percival and Elisabeth Merritt (bookplate) 

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES:  Gilson A8; Keynes Austen 8; Sadleir 62d