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Over 250,000 copies were printed originally “but only nine are known to exist today”, said auctioneer Malcolm Phillips. The condition of this copy was only average, hence the estimate of £2000-3000, but it eclipsed the previous record of just over £6200 paid for a good first edition in February 1999 by selling to a Hertfordshire collector at £6877 (plus 10 per cent buyer’s premium).