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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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    SOTHEBY’S LONDON TO OFFER  A UNIQUE COPY OF THE FIRST HARRY POTTER NOVELFEATURING TEN PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN, SPECIALLYCOMMISSIONED ILLUSTRATIONS --- The English Literature, History, Private Press, Children’s Books and Illustrations Sale on 15  th December 2011 Will Also FeatureThe Most Important Charlotte Brontë Manuscript toCome to Auction for a Generation ---  A unique copy of the first Harry Potter book with additional illustrations in colour by, Thomas Taylor, estimated at £30,000-50,000* SOTHEBY‟S LONDON, 2 9 th November, 2011, 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 sale, which comprises 163 lots, is expected toraise in excess of £1.5 million. 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 one of only a handful of such manuscripts remaining in privatehands. Also featured is a first deluxe edition of   Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone whichincludes 10 full-colour, specially commissioned illustrations by Thomas Taylor, the first artist to giveshape 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 20 th  Century. Peter Selley, Sotheby‟s Seni or Director and Senior Specialist in the Books and ManuscriptsDepartment 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. Previouslyunknown 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 whichhas captivated millions of readers is that of J.K. Rowling, and the sale features perhaps the ultimatebespoke Harry Potter novel. The unique copy of  Harry Potter and the Philosopher‟s Stone includes 10wonderfully fresh illustrations, offered with the srcinal watercolours, by Thomas Taylor, who created  the first ever depiction of the young wizard.”   The unpublished manuscript by Charlotte Brontë, The Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2   (illustrated right)  ,  reveals a plot line which is a precursor to one of the mostfamous scenes in  Jane Eyre . Estimated at £200,000-300,000, it is the most important Brontë manuscript tohave appeared at auction in more than thirty years and has never before been seen by scholars. Set in „Glass Town‟, the earliest fictional world that the four Brontë siblingscreated, and written by a fourteen-year-old Charlotte inminiature magazine format, the manuscript is datedAugust 1830  –  17 years before the celebrated author wrote Jane Eyre.   ** A dedicated press release on Charlotte Brontë’s autograph manuscript of  The Young Men’s  Magazine, Number 2 is available from the press office. Offered for sale for the first time, a unique copy of the first 1999 deluxe edition of   Harry Potter and  the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling , is estimated at £30,000-50,000 (pictured, page one). Thebespoke, extra-illustrated edition is not only signed by the author but also includes 10 speciallycommissioned full-colour plates by the srcinal Harry Potter illustrator, Thomas Taylor. The consignorasked Taylor to create the images in 2002 for his own library. The scenes were chosen for theirsignificance and to provide an even spread of illustrations throughout the narrative. They weresrcinally intended to be bound into a copy of the book, but proving too thick, were instead reproducedon fine wove paper and sumptuously bound by Asprey. Thomas Taylor provided the first-everdepiction of Harry Potter for the cover of Rowling‟s debut novel in 1997. A fter it was published theimage achieved world-wide fame and Taylor‟s srcinal watercolour was sold at Sotheby‟s London in July 2001 for £85,750.A highly significant archive of literary manuscripts by Naguib Mahfouz , probably the most significantEgyptian novelist of the 20 th Century, is estimated at £50,000-70,000.  Best known for his 1950s works the Cairo Trilogy and the Children of Gebelawi , in 1988, Mahfouz becamethe only Arab writer to win the NobelPrize for Literature . Mahfouz‟s style developed throughout his career andthose changes are reflected in this richand diverse group of literarymanuscripts which includes materialfrom both the beginning of his careerin the 1930s, to his death in 2006. To Sotheby‟s best knowledge this is the first manuscript material by Mahfouzto appear at auction.A unique edition of  Queen Victoria’s biography by Agnes Strickland, Queen Victoria from Her Birth to Her Bridal  (Henry Colburn, 1840), inscribed with notes in the Queen‟s hand , is estimated at£10,000-£15,000. Queen Victoria was deeply unimpressed with the biography by the well-knownVictorian author of   Lives of the Queens of England  . When a copy of the overtly effusive andsentimental work was presented to her, the Queen madeher true feelings known. She made caustic marginalcomments on 120 pages of the book, then had itreturned to the author. In many cases Queen Victoriamarked specific paragraphs with a vertical line and added a terse “not true”, “quite false”, and even “notone word of truth” in the margin. In others she madespecific factual corrections to names, dates and places.Strickland, appalled at the royal response, made everyeffort to halt further distribution of the book, and to buyany remaining copies in bookstores and destroy them.This book is offered for sale for the first time, by Agnes Strickland‟s direct d escendants. In 1932 the family (then living in Canada) received a request fromKing George V to see the book. It was duly despatched to England and is offered for sale in the brownpaper wrapping in which it was posted back to the family from Windsor Castle.A collection of books and effects, formerly the property of Yvonne Cloetta, the long-time companion of  Graham Greene,  is estimated to reach a total in excess of £40,000. Mme Cloetta was Greene‟s last great lo ve and the centre of his emotional lifefor his last three decades. The author moved to Antibes in theearly 1960s to be near her home in Juan Les Pins. He neverformally divorced his wife Vivien, and Yvonne never left herhusband, but the extent of the collection and the tenderness of its inscriptions, reveals the depth of their relationship:   “If I  were to live my life again, there is only one thing I would want unchanged: meeting you, knowing you, and loving you, ”  Graham Greene wrote to Yvonne in 1978. The collection, comprising correspondence, inscribed firsteditions of Gree ne‟s novels, a portrait of the author and his camera, will be sold in 16 separate lots.  The very rare first separate English edition of one of the best-loved poems in the English language, Rudyard Kipling’s    IF , is estimated at £8,000-£12,000. The work, wh ich is consistently voted as “The Nation‟s Favourite Poem”, was first published in 1910, but it was the appearance of this first edition inthe month of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, which brought it to the attention of a widerpublic. There is believed to be only one copy recorded in any institution worldwide: that in the collection of one of Kipling‟s early biographers the Canadian barrist er and industrialist James McG.Stewart, who bequeathed it to Dalhousie University Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia.A charming srcinal ink drawing of Piglet, stranded in a treeduring a flood, by E.H. Shepard is estimated at £30,000- 50,000. The work, which here has Shepard‟s minor gouache corrections, was reproduced as a full-page illustration inChapter IX of A.A. Milne‟s Winnie the Pooh , published in 1926. Shepard entitled the drawing “Rescue of Piglet” beforequoting Milne‟s text: “It is a little anxious… to be a very smallanimal entirely surrounded by water.” Another famous literary pig to feature in thesale is the beloved Wilbur. Maggie Kneen’s complete set of 21 fine pencil andwatercolour drawings for Some Pig! by Charlotte’s Web author E. B. White (pictured left), isestimated to fetch £4,000-£6,000.A unique leather-bound boxed set of  St ieg Larsson’s internationally bestselling and award-winning Millennium Trilogy (pictured right) comprises The Girlwith the Dragon Tattoo , The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest  , along with thesrcinal letter of rejection sent to a young Larsson in 1972 bythe Joint Committee of Colleges of Journalism. Larsson keptthis letter among his personal possessions until his death, andit reveals an srcinal pencil portrait by the authorhimself. Stieg Larsson‟s drawing skills are well documented,but his drawings have not previously been published. Thedocument has been donated by the author's familyspecifically to be included with the boxed set estimated at
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