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In red motttled boards and bearing a presentation inscription from Traquair, it sold at £420. The Dante book was something the auctioneer had never seen before, but while he must have seen any number of copies of John Kay’s Series of Original Portraits and Caricatures.. of 1837, the one in this Carlisle sale was a particularly fine example, the two volumes bound in maroon morocco gilt, and it sold at £470.

Buyer’s premium: 12.5 per cent