From Plum et al.

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Date: June 4, 2021
From: TLS. Times Literary Supplement(Issue 6166)
Publisher: NI Syndication Limited
Document Type: Article
Length: 981 words
Lexile Measure: 1440L

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Booming news from the auction houses, such as the recent fanfare from Sotheby's concerning the Honresfield Library, can obscure the fact that there are plenty of rare bookdealers who, between them, consistently produce catalogues and lists of no small interest. Of interest to casual observers, that is, who may enjoy gawping at outsize asking prices and esoteric curios, as well as to those who may seriously contemplate the getting of said curios into their possession.

From the Author, the latest catalogue from Jonkers Rare Books, should please the gawpers and the collectors alike. Certain negligible manuscript items aside (merely George Orwell's manuscript of his lecture "Culture and Democracy", with associated papers, offered for 75,000 [pounds sterling]--that sort of thing), this catalogue's theme is presentation copies: items that "have not only been handled by their author", as Christiaan Jonkers writes, "but have also been the subject of their consideration, in choosing the recipient and often in the wording used in the inscription".

We find ourselves peculiarly drawn to what might be called the "author to author" presentations. There is not much to be said about the copy of Tales of St Austin's that P. G. Wodehouse inscribed for a friend ("To David from Plum") other than that, contrary to the note in this catalogue, it isn't a novel. But it is worth 2,500 [pounds sterling]. On the facing page, however, is the copy of Charlotte's Web that E. B. White inscribed for his New Yorker stalwart...

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