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Lot 17


London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1878

FIRST EDITION. AUTOGRAPH RECEIPT SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR for the contribution of an episode of the novel to “Belgravia” loosely inserted. 3 vols., map frontispiece in volume 1, advertisement leaf at end of volume 2. 8vo., primary binding of brown cloth blocked in black on upper cover and spine with larger imprint and two-rule border in blind on lower cover, in later brown cloth chemises and quarter brown morocco slipcase.

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
Hammer price: £3,600
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Some slight wear with a few gatherings slightly shaken, upper hinge of volume 1 a little delicate.


*The receipt for £20 from Chatto & Windus was for the monthly appearance of The Return of the Native in Belgravia between January and November 1878.


Provenance: Booklabel in each volume of American bibliophile and Pierpont Morgan Library director Frederick B. Adams – sold in the sale of his library, Sotheby’s 7/11/01.

Reference: Purdy, pp.24-7

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