ESTIMATED at £500-600 in a Keys of Aylsham sale of September 24 but very much the lot that attracted most interest – and a final bid of £10,200 – was the New Testament seen right.
A 1533 [second quarto?] edition of Jugge's revision of
Tyndale's version, it lacks all before B1 and the first four leaves
are damaged, as are a couple of others, while one leaf is lacking
entirely and it ends at Qq9. Even with such faults this remains a
rare item and in its worn old blind stamped calf binding, it seems
to have been keenly contested.
Other highlights from the Norfolk sale included a 1572 edition of
Henri Estienne's Thesaurus Graecae Linguae, the four vols. bound as
three in old calf, now worn, that sold for £600; a two-vol. first
edition (1770-71) of William Hanbury's Complete Body of Planting
and Gardening..., the second vol. with a broken binding and showing
some staining to the earlier leaves, which made £750, and an 1815
first (in worn old boards) of Frederick Accum's Practical Treatise
on Gaslight, illustrated with seven colour plates - the folding
frontispiece seen bottom right - that brought a bid of £460.
An 1877 first of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty was valued at
£5000-6000, but the worn and frayed joints of the brown pictorial
cloth binding were not a strong selling point and it failed.
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