Collection of First Edition Novels by the Brontë sisters

sells for £111,600 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

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A complete first edition set of the novels by the three Brontë sisters sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Important Books and Manuscripts, sale on Monday 19th May.

The unique collection was formed by American lawyer Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne, founder of Chadbourne & Parke. Bidders competed online and on the phone for the rare opportunity to take home the Brontë collection, which sold to a collector in the room for £111,600 [Lot 67]

A highly desirable Chinese photograph album, circa 1860, demanded attention from buyers around the world. The collection boasted fascinating views of Shanghai Custom House, Anglo-Chinese artillery at Ningpo, riverside buildings before and after a typhoon, the steamer landing at Canton, bridges and a pagoda alongside portraits of Chinese sitters and a group of three Russian Orthodox priests, presumably members of the Peking mission. It sold for £37,200. [Lot 172]

The earliest Bible in both English and Latin, The Newe Testament in Englyshe and Latyn according to the translacyon of doctor Erasmus of Roterodam, first edition, 1538, also achieved a top price, selling for £22,320. Only three copies, all defective, have been offered at auction in the last 35 years. [Lot 77]

A travel diary belonging to Nelson detailing a journey from Ringwood, Hampshire to Dublin, from the Matcham Collection of Nelsoniana, sold for £806. The collection was formed by Nelson's brother-in-law, George Matcham (1753-1833) a traveller who married Catherine "Kitty" Nelson (1767-1842). One extract from the journal reads: "The ladys are to take me to the pump room aft but I am to go with Mr.C at 8. The town is beautiful. A new pump room will soon be completed from the old one - to the White Hart inn. A new street from that down to the duke of Kingstons bath…." [Lot 34]

Elsewhere in the sale charming illustrated autograph letters and postcards by War artist and writer Edward Ardizzone, sailed past the pre-sale estimate, selling for £3,720 [Lot 56] as did a collection of illustrated autograph letters by painter Paul Nash (1889-1946) which sold for £2,728 [Lot 53]

A collection of striking designer bindings from the property of the late Mel Kavin of Kater-Craft Bookbinders, captured bidders, with the beautiful A Catalogue of The Thirty-Three Miniature Designer Bindings of You can Judge a Book by its Cover, by Michael Wilcox selling for £7,192. [Lot 144] Further books from the collection will be sold in London on 17th July 2014.

The sale was held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' London saleroom in Mayfair on Monday 19th May 2014. The full catalogue and prices realised are available to view online now at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

London - 21st May 2014