Classic novels written by Charles Dickens have been sold at auction, creating lots of interest among collectors at the Cuttlestones’ specialist sale.
The novels came from a private collection, amassed during the early part of the 20th century. The current owners had inherited the collection of rare books, which included some first editions, and early editions of the works of Dickens. The total achieved was £15,825 for the collection of books, sold mainly to phone bidders. The collection attracted lots of interest from other bidders on the internet and in the room, creating a fierce bidding war.
The book that sold for the highest price was an edition of Great Expectations, which had three volumes. Published in 1861 by Chapman & Hall, the edition sold for £5,000. A first edition of A Christmas Carol in Prose being A Ghost Story of Christmas sold for £3,000. The rare book was published in 1843, and had illustrations by John Leech. The book was still bound in the original cloth and had first edition hallmarks on the title page.
The other books from the Charles Dickens collection all sold for respectable amounts. Other books outside the collection also did well at the auction, including a first edition of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, published in 1862.
The new owner of the Dickens books may want to consider an antique cabinet or bookcase to house the collection to its best advantage. A reputable antiques dealer will generally have a number of items available to view.
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