Food For Thought Original Manuscripts of Medical Recipes Advances in modern medicine make it very hard to imagine a time without prescription pills and high-tech medical equipment but, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts o
a well-regarded biographer of Plato’s Phaedrus, R. W. Lamb, the collection comprises editions and translations of the fables, from the Chatsworth house copy of the editio princeps of 1596, to the late twentieth century and secondary works on the author and the genre, many of which are now rare. Phaedrus was one of two protagonists created by Plato, and was probably born a Thracian slave who lived in Italy during the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius and produced the first collections in Latin of the fables of Aesop and others. A full list of the collection is available from the auctioneer on request, and the collection is estimated to sell for £7,000 – 10,000. [Lot 106]
From the literature section a further highlight from the sale comes in the form of a very rare first edition copy of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, together with her famous novel Persuasion (1818). Northanger Abbey is Austen’s sophisticated parody of the Gothic novel, and was her first completed work, written c.1798-99. It was sold anonymously to a publisher for ten pounds but not issued, then subsequently bought back for the same price years later by Austen’s brother, the unlucky publisher having no idea that the writer was the author of the immensely popular Pride and Predjudice. This classic work is estimated to sell for £1,500 – 2,000. [Lot 177]
A small selection of five books on Polar travel rounds off the highlights and includes a first edition copy of The Home of the Blizzard (1915) written by Australian geologist and Antarctic Explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson.
Mawson was the main expedition leader during the era known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and this book tells the story of The Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which was led by Mawson between 1911 and 1914, and for which he was knighted. The two volume first edition is estimated to sell for £300-400. [Lot 276]
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