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Auction Preview: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at Bonhams, London, Mar 21

"The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas" - Sylvia Plath; First Edition, Sylvia Plath's Own Copy, Signed And Dated "Christmas 1962", With her Fitzroy Road Address on the front free paper, light spotting to extreme edges, publisher's cloth, pictorial dust-jacket (slightly worn at extremities) [Tabor A4a.1], 8vo, Heinemann, [1963]. Estimated Price: £ 60,000 - 80,000 ($ 84,000 - 110,000)
(Courtesy - Bonhams)

What: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Where: Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London

When: Mar 21, 10:00 AM GMT

Top Lots of the Sale:

- "The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas" - Sylvia Plath; First Edition, Sylvia Plath's Own Copy, Signed And Dated "Christmas 1962", With her Fitzroy Road Address on the front free paper, light spotting to extreme edges, publisher's cloth, pictorial dust-jacket (slightly worn at extremities) [Tabor A4a.1], 8vo, Heinemann, [1963]. Estimated Price: £ 60,000 - 80,000 ($ 84,000 - 110,000)

- "The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas" - Sylvia Plath; Sylvia Plath's Revised Proof Copy, With Her Autograph Corrections, And Inscribed With Her Name And Address on the first page in black ink, corrections and revisions by Plath to approximately 70 pages in blue ink. Estimated Price: £ 50,000 - 70,000 ($ 70,000 - 97,000)

- "Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432" - light green, in original case with handle, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959]. Estimated Price: £ 40,000 - 60,000 ($ 56,000 - 84,000)

- "Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus, vol. 1-3" - Blaeu (Willem and Johannes); latin text, half-title to volume 1, 5 engraved architectural titles (some with overslips) and 278 engraved maps (nearly all double-page but 3 being illustrations in text), Hand-Coloured throughout, contemporary Dutch vellum gilt. Estimated Price: £ 35,000 - 45,000 ($ 49,000 - 63,000)

- Autograph letter signed ("C.D."), to his son George ("My dear G."), commenting on an essay by their kinsman Clarke Hawkshaw on "The Persistence of forms of life in the Depths of the Sea" and the "bearing of those researches on the origin of species". Estimated Price: £ 30,000 - 40,000 ($ 42,000 - 56,000)

- "Travel And Holiday Journals - The Benson Collection" - the substantial collection of holiday travel journals, mostly acquired during the late twentieth century by Charles Benson, comprising over a hundred diaries. Estimated Price: £ 20,000 - 40,000 ($ 28,000 - 56,000)

- Autograph letter signed ("Oliver Cromwell"), probably to his fellow MP Sir John Wray, Parliamentary Commissioner for Lincolnshire, written in the summer of 1643, during the early stages of the civil war and only a year after first taking up military command. Estimated Price: £ 20,000 - 30,000 ($ 28,000 - 42,000)

- "Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus" - Cellarius (Andreas); First Edition, second issue, letterpress title with hand-coloured woodcut printer's device, 29 Hand-Coloured Double-Page Engraved Celestial Charts, Some Heightened With Gold. Estimated Price: £ 20,000 - 30,000 ($ 28,000 - 42,000)

- An album of 34 large watercolours of botanical and entomological subjects, on English paper watermarked "J.W. Whatman 1816". Estimated Price: £ 20,000 - 30,000 ($ 28,000 - 42,000)

- "Portrait of Ted Hughes" - Plath (Sylvia); pen and ink, on paper, head and shoulders in profile, inscribed by the sitter on the reverse in pencil ("By Sylvia Plath/Ted Hughes"), 215 x 140mm., [1956]. Estimated Price: £ 20,000 - 30,000 ($ 28,000 - 42,000)

- [Banks (Joseph)] "Banks' Florilegium" - a Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight Copperplate Engravings of Plants Collected on Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour, 1768-1771, 35 vol. Estimated Price: £ 15,000 - 25,000 ($ 21,000 - 35,000)

- "Ireland – Francis Ledwidge And The Easter Rising"; Autograph manuscript, signed, by Francis Ledwidge of his poem 'Thomas MacDonagh', comprising three stanzas of four lines each. Estimated Price: £ 12,000 - 18,000 ($ 17,000 - 25,000)

- "Dropmore Pamphlets" - A collection of approximately 480 seventeenth and eighteenth century pamphlets (mostly in English), bound in 41 vol., approximately 40 pamphlets with some loss. Estimated Price: £ 10,000 - 15,000 ($ 14,000 - 21,000)

- "The Hawk in the Rain" - Hughes (Ted); First Edition, Author's Presentation Copy, Inscribed To The Dedicatee Sylvia Plath ("Written [printed: To Sylvia] and now presented to her with all my love" on the dedication leaf, publisher's cloth. Estimated Price: £ 10,000 - 15,000 ($ 14,000 - 21,000)

- "The Hawk in the Rain" - Hughes (Ted); First American Edition, Author's Presentation Copy, Inscribed to the Dedicatee Sylvia Plath ("[printed: To Sylvia] because the book belongs to you just as surely as all my love does, Ted August 26th 1957". Estimated Price: £ 8,000 - 12,000($ 11,000 - 17,000)

For details, visit: http://www.bonhams.com

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