Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Charlotte Bronte And Harry Potter Headline Sotheby's English Literature Sale

Sotheby’s London is delighted to announce the sale of a selection of exceptional works in its English Literature, History Private Press, Children’s Books & Illustrations on Thursday, 15 December 2011.

The headline lot is an autograph manuscript of the previously unknown The Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2, written by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë, in miniature format. Estimated at £200,000-300,000, it is the most important Brontë manuscript to be offered at auction for a generation.

Also featured is a first deluxe edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone which includes 10 previously unseen full-colour, specially commissioned illustrations by Thomas Taylor, the first artist to give shape to the boy wizard. The sale has several works of international significance, including an archive of literary manuscripts by Naguib Mahfouz, probably the most significant Egyptian novelist of the 20th Century.

Peter Selley, Sotheby’s Senior Director and Senior Specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department said: “This is a wonderfully diverse sale, which offers historic collecting opportunities, including the most important Brontë manuscript to be offered at auction for a generation. Previously unknown to scholars and of huge literary significance, it sheds new light on Charlotte Brontë’s inspirations and the fantasy worlds inhabited by the Brontë siblings. Another imaginary realm which has captivated millions of readers is that of J.K. Rowling, and the sale features perhaps the ultimate bespoke Harry Potter novel. The unique copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone includes 10 wonderfully fresh illustrations, offered with the original watercolours, by Thomas Taylor, who created the first ever depiction of the young wizard.”

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