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Emma the leading lady and still a bestseller...

10 June 2004Written by ATG Reporter

EMMA was the leading lady in a May 19 sale held by Dreweatt Neate of Newbury, an 1816 first of Jane Austen’s novel selling at £6000. Catalogued as bound in both contemporary half red morocco and later boards, it retained the half title to Vol. III only and showed a little spotting and staining. It also bore the booklabels of Gilbert Bethune of Balfour.

Among the earlier books was a 1617, second edition of Gervase Markham's Cavalarice, or the English Horseman: Contayning all the Art of Horsemanship... with engraved titles to each of the eight parts, plus other illustrations, head and tailpieces etc. The contemporary calf binding was rubbed and lacked part of the spine.

An 1820 first of William Turner's Journal of a Tour in the Levant, bound in contemporary calf and bearing a presentation inscription from the author to the Dean of Norwich, made £750.

One of 500 sets of Funf und Zwanzig Handzeichnungen by Gustav Klimt, a 1919 folio collection of 25 colour plates reproducing works by the artist that had been valued at just £80-120, sold for £1650.

Signed copies of H.M. Bateman's 1921 Book of Drawings and More Drawings of 1922 were for some reason separated in the catalogue by some 50 lots, but both had letters and caricatures from Bateman tipped in and they sold for £550 and £580 respectively. A copy of Bateman's Surburbia of 1922, again signed and containing tipped in letters that incorporate caricatures, found a place next to More Letters was sold at £520.

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