A three-volume, 1813 first of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice sold for £38,000 at Bonhams.

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Lacking the half-titles to Vol.III, showing some foxing, staining, a few tears and some slightly loose stitching, it was estimated at £15,000-20,000 in its contemporary bindings of red half roan but almost doubled the high estimate to sell at £38,000.

The last copy in original boards seen auction was the ex-Hogan/Doheny copy that in 2010, at Sotheby’s, sold for £48,000.