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Articles - August - 2017 Issue

Bedazzled by Burney: Sales of Frances Burney Books, Manuscripts & Images from the Paula Peyraud Collection

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This month, Rare Book Hub guest writer, Maureen E. Mulvihill, has written a useful piece on continuing strong values in Frances Burney (her books, manuscripts, associated visual art). Burney, a popular 18th-century English novelist and diarist, has commanded considerable attention over the last several years, and it's high time, says Mulvihill, that collectors and specialists know more about her. Click here to read the piece!

Posted On: 2017-08-03 04:46
User Name: mairin111

Posting for Susan Levine, Brooklyn, NY:

Hello, all, and thanks much for this interesting and useful article on 'Fanny' Burney. I am a collector of cookbooks, the older the better, but this piece caught my eye, The images amaze me, and I appreciate being educated on the Peyraud Collection, and also who's paying what for which Burney property, and where these (recently-sold) rarities now 'live'. So this article is a big assistance (a real service) to anyone doing work on Burney. I haven't read her, nor Jane Austen, since grad school, but I'm now inspired to take her up anew. Hope to run into some of you folks! Be well, Susan Levine, Brooklyn, NY. (And thank you, Mr McKinney, for the notice on the upcoming Brooklyn Book Fair, I'll be in that throng of book wonks.)


Posted On: 2017-08-06 22:07
User Name: hellerjr

I enjoyed this thorough article by Maureen Mulvihill about the artifacts of Frances Burney. I'm glad that early women writers can now get the appreciation that they deserve. I hope that more colleges and universities will teach the novels of Burney and her cohorts. When I was in graduate school in English literature, I took many courses that did not include any women writers at all. Congratulations to Dr. Mulvihill on this informative article!

Janet Ruth Heller, Ph.D.
website is http://www.janetruthheller.com/


Posted On: 2017-08-14 19:20
User Name: mairin111

Posting for L. McDiarmid, Los Angeles.
One of my medical team, a collector and Rare Book Hub subscriber, pointed me in your direction. Many thanks to Bruce McKinney's Rare Book Hub in 'Frisco for this 'bedazzling' piece on Frances Burney. I especially appreciated the author's background information on Burney's medical issues (her breast cancer surgery). As a survivor of this pernicious, nearly pervasive, disease, which often strikes women in their prime, I was given new information from the author on mastectomies in the 18th century; and I've just heard from a colleague that another woman writer of Burney's time, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, also battled the disease. And before that, the writer Mary Astell. (Three recorded examples in probably a long, long list.) I now have a new subject to investigate, and I am grateful for this historical context. LMcD in L.A.
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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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