[Jane Austen's family: library section of printed auction catalogue, annotated by London booksellers Maggs Brothers.] A Catalogue of the Contents of the Masion, Capel Manor, Horsmonden, Kent.

'By Order of the Trustees of John Francis Austen, Decd.' [ John-Francis Austen (1817-1893); Maggs Brothers, London booksellers]
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To be sold by Auction by Messrs. Knight, Frank & Rutley [...] in conjunction with Messrs. Richardson & Pierce, Ltd. on the premises [...] 17 August 1931 and three following days.
SKU: 16522

J. F. Austen was the son of John Austen VII. For his relation to the novelist see 'Jane Austen's Letters', ed. Le Faye (OUP, 2011). The present item is excessively scarce, with no copies traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. 4to, 18pp. on ten leaves, paginated [1-2], 17-24, 57-63, 79. In original brown printed wraps. Aged and worn, with rusted staples. The present item is defective, lacking several leaves, (perhaps the attentions of the booksellers, only interested in the books?) but carrying the Fourth Day's Sale complete (pp.57-63, lots 936-1076), devoted to the sale of the 'Library of Miscellaneous Literature including Italian, English and French Standard Authors, also Loggan's Oxford and Cambridge, folio vellum, 1675; Johnson's Dictionary, 1st Edition, 2 vols., folio calf, 1755; Saxton's Atlas of England, folio, old calf, 1579, etc., etc.' The library section largely priced in pencil, with a few names. One notable lot, given the circumstances, was '990 Austen (Jane) Works (6), Marryat (4) and 20 0ther vols.', which sold for £2 10s. Loosely inserted is a printed billhead from Alfred J. Burrows ('Amalgamated with Messrs. Knight, Frank & Rutley'), made out in pencil to Maggs, and dated 20 August 1931, a bill for five lots purchased at the sale, totalling £35 2s 6d.