Pride and Prejudice (First Edition) by Jane Austen
The first edition (1813, T. Egerton, London) came in three volumes. They are much more valuable when they retain their original bindings, so it is not recommended to restore them, however, it is highly unusual to see copies in their original bindings as these were drab paper boards, unattractive and fragile, and most have been rebound in leather at some point.
First editions sold at Sothebys for $43,875 in December 2001, $48,000 in June 2004, £31,070 in December 2002, £55,450 in December 2000, and in the publisher’s original boards for £139,250 in October 2010.
Christie’s sold first edition copies for $21,600 in December 2004, $45,600 in December 2006, $47,500 in June 2008, $52,500 in December 2009, £23,500 in June 2001, and £26,290 in June 2003.
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