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English Literature and History

Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility: A Novel. London: Printed for the Author by C. Roworth, published by T. Egerton, 1811
Sold for £31,000; $48,000; €35,900

English literature covers a wide but interrelated series of subjects at the core of Bloomsbury Auctions' Printed Book sales and appears in one form or another in most of our catalogues. Our sales have covered all centuries as well as themes, from examples of early printing by Caxton and Wynkyn de Worde to 17th century religious tracts; bibles; early novels & threedeckers; library sets in fine bindings; landmark authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters; and historical figures from Sir Walter Raleigh, Florence Nightingale and the Duke of Wellington to Sir Winston Churchill. After the publicity we attracted through the sale of a previously unknown copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, we now uncover with surprisingly regularity Second and Third Folios for which demand is consistently strong.