These books went on sale at auction today at Sotheby’s in London. The pre-sale estimate for Lot 86 was between £150,000-200,000. Bidding stopped at £142,000. It was ,therefore, unsold.
I have written about the intriguing history of this set of books before, here. This first edition set was sent to Jane Austen’s friend, Anne Sharp, directly from her publisher, John Murray, specifically at Jane Austen’s request.
The next lot, Lot 87, a first edition set of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion once owned by Fulwar Craven Fowle, was also unsold.The biding on this item stopped at £3800.