However, in the Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) of New York sale of June 22 it was a fine example of the four-volume, first book-form edition of 1871-72 that turned heads.
In the original cloth bindings, it was bid to a much higher than predicted and record $22,500 (£16,190).
Sets of that original parts issue in its green and black paper wrappers have made much more, with a record $65,000 (then £48,510) paid for a set seen at Christie’s New York in 2017.
Another record was established in the recent Doyle sale for a four-volume, 1794 first of Anne Radcliffe’s Gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho in refurbished and restored, but original paper-backed boards.
Bid to $6000 (£4315), it was among a number of lots in the sale that had once formed part of the Julius & Theodore Cohn family library and was last seen at auction at Parke Bernet in New York 1955.