June 29, 2016 – Extremely rare and collectable first edition Charles Dickens and James Bond novels featured amongst an eclectic selection of literature showcased at Peter Harrington Rare Books’ stand at Masterpiece London.
An 1861 first edition set of Great Expectations (87,500 pounds) and an 1838 first edition set of Oliver Twist (12,500 pounds) — a very good copy in unrestored original cloth — were presented prominently at the stand during the Patron and Curator Evening at the outset of Masterpiece, London’s premier show for art, design and antiques, on June 28.
A 1953 first edition of James Bond novel Casino Royale (39,500 pounds) was highlighted in the Bond section, always popular with collectors.
A 1957 first edition of From Russia, With Love, a presentation copy inscribed to Richard Singleton-Ward, was available for 37,500 pounds.
The Patron and Curator Evening was the first opportunity for collectors to see the huge variety of collectable luxury art and antiques on show at Masterpiece, which has become the leading event of the London art and design season in June and July.
As well as Peter Harrington Rare Books, two other Chelsea Cross exhibitors — Apter-Fredericks, and Godson and Coles — presented their most exquisite period furniture and art during the Evening.
Among Peter Harrington’s most exceptional items, were a limited edition Mao portrait by Andy Warhol (60,000 pounds) and a limited edition 1935 Ulysses, signed by James Joyce and Henri Matisse (23,500 pounds).
A first edition in English of Niccolo Machiavelli’s Prince (1640) was available for 65,000 pounds.
Another highlight was a 1925 first edition of The Great Gatsby, for 275,000 pounds: a superb presentation copy inscribed by the author F. Scott Fitzgerald to the original “Gatsby”, Harold Goldman.