The Antiquarian Bookseller’s Catalog: Dec 2018

An antiquarian bookseller’s catalog is a bibliophile’s dream of a museum between two covers. Open any catalog, and you will find literary treasures — valuable first editions, rare inscribed copies, manuscripts, letters, screenplays, and author portraits — from some of the most famous authors in the world.

Jarndyce Antiquarian Bookseller, established in London England in 1969, specializes in 18-19th century English literature and history. The location of the bookshop, 46 Great Russell Street, was the former home and office of the famous book illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), for whom the children’s picture book award is named. Prior to that, the building was home to Luzac & Co., a bookshop that was founded in the early 18th century and moved to London in 1890. Over the years, Jarndyce has published more than 200 catalogues. Bibliophiles salivate as they browse through their catalogs, filled with fascinating and valuable literary treasures. Here are some highlights from their most recent catalog, Catalogue Number 234 (Winter 2018-19):

The Novels of Jane Austen (1892), 10 volumes, edited by Reginald Johnson: $3,550

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1870), first Tauchnitz edition: $825

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1894), first edition with illustrations by Hugh Thomson: $2,284

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853), 3 volumes, first edition: $3,172

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1867), early edition purchased from Lewis’ library: $1,840

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad (1904), first edition: $825

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1867), early American edition by T. B. Peterson & Brothers: $380

Middlemarch by George Eliot (1872), 4 volumes, copyright edition: $1,903

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (1896), first edition: $635

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