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Bentley’s 1833 Illustrated Edition of  Sense and Sensibility, part of Lot 531©Whyte’s

if the evidence from Whyte’s of Dublin’s auction last weekend is anything by which to judge.

The complete set of five volumes of  Bentley’s first illustrated editions of Jane Austen’s novels published in 1833 realised a sale price €3500. The pre-auction estimate was for €1300-1500, therefore you can see that the sale price was over double the estimate. Go here to see all the sale results, particularly that of the Austen novels, which were Lot 531. The books were from the stock of the late antiquarian book dealer,  James Fenning and the sale sadly signified the end to over a century of Dublin bookselling by the Fenning family.

Katherine Cahill was present at the sale and saw the set of Austen books before they were sold. She tells me that they were a beautiful little set, and were very faithfully described by the auctioneer.  Ah well, we can dream…