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The 1894 Sale of a First Edition of The Temple in New York by John L. Idol, Jr. In recent years, the highest reported prices fetched by a first edition of Herbert's The Temple came at the Sotheby sale (15 November 1978) of the so-called Borowitz copy of the 1633 first state edition for $13,000. A little more than six months later (14 June 1979) the so-called Houghton edition of the 1633 first state printing of The Temple went for £7,000 at Christie's. These figures, high as they are, probably fall far short of the price paid for a first edition in the autumn of 1894, if difference in buying power is considered, for during an auction reported by a New York paper following the sale of the Charles B. Foote collection by Bangs & Co., the price fetched was $1 ,050, a bid tendered by Dodd, Mead & Co. Here is the reporter's account: First and most rare edition, ruled throughout with red lines, old olive morocco gilt edges sides covered with gold tooling. A beautiful and well-preserved specimen of seventeenth century English binding; in morocco case. Great interest was manifested in this book when offered. The bidding was prompt and vigorous. Beginning with $100, it soon jumped to $700, and amid much excitement was finally knocked down to Dodd, Mead & Co. for the handsome sum of $1 ,050. It is reported that the book originally cost its last owner about $250. This account, found as a clipping in the catalogue of the Foote collection, led me to wonder why someone at Dodd, Mead & Co. valued The Temple so highly. A query to the firm brought a speculative answer from Jonathan Dodd (letter to 47 John L. Idol, Jr. me 25 August 1983): "During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the Dodds did run a rare bookstore here in New York, but I am unsure of his connection, or that of his shop, with the firm of Dodd, Mead & Company. At any rate, I am assuming it was Robert Dodd who purchased the Herbert book, which he did presumably for re-sale. I can say positively that the book is not in our company library." Clemson University 48 ...

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ISSN
1931-1192
Print ISSN
0161-7435
Pages
pp. 47-48
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-05
Open Access
No
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