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18.02.17. One of the highlights of Bonhams' Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on March 1st is lot 131. ORWELL (GEORGE) Keep the Aspidistra Flying, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To, F.G. Westrope, with very best wishes, from, 'George Orwell'" on the front free endpaper, publisher's cloth, spine slightly bumped, extremities rubbed [Fenwick A4a], 8vo, Victor Gollancz, 1936. Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000. (F.G.Westrope's bookshhop was the inspiration for the novel.)  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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