Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare book seller and one of the leading rare book sellers in the world, are well known for the range and quality of the first edition and rare books they sell. This new catalogue illustrates that range and as Pom Harrington says “This is a selection of our absolute finest books and manuscripts which will interest institutions, serious book collectors as well as those who enjoy collecting for their own enjoyment.”
Highlights of this catalogue include:
- An album of 29 original pre-publication drawings and a first edition copy of Bleak House by Charles Dickens (£95,000);
- A presentation copy of The Posthumous Paper of the Pickwick Club by Charles Dickens which is inscribed by Dickens to the editor of the New York Evening Post and was given to him on Dickens’ arrival in America in 1842 (£75,000);
- Jane Austen’s signature which was originally attached to a fragment of a letter about dining at Chawton Great House along with a steel engraved portrait of her (£32,500);
- A first edition, presentation copy of Tales of Space and Time which is inscribed “Henry James from HG. Wells” with another comic drawing this time of a club-wielding cave man (£27,500).
- A first edition of Rumour at Nightfall by Graham Greene which is in its original dust jacket and as Pom Harrington says is “ one of the great rarities in the Greene canon” (£45,000);
- An attractive, first edition copy of Robert Burns Poems inscribed “To William Wordsworth Esqre. With the sincere respect & affection of Elizabeth Hume” who was an admirer (£45,000).
- A copy of the rare Third Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies by William Shakespeare which is regarded as the rarest of the 17th century folio editions (£325,000);
- A signed, limited edition copy of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde printed on Dutch handmade paper (£15,000).