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Many happy returns

Literary anniversaries are a good story to tell to potential sellers but do they bring greater interest and greater prices?


Slightly cocked and with an ownership inscription on the front pastedown, an otherwise “uncommonly well preserved” example of the first of Enid Blyton’s 21 ‘Famous Five’ books – £2500 with Jonkers Rare Books.

Visit England – the English tourist board – has designated 2017 the ‘Year of Literary Heroes’ in recognition of an unusual number of bibliographic milestones this year. The bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen will be marked by events at key Austen sites around the country and her face on the new £10 note. Enid Blyton Entertainment will publish new versions of the ‘Famous Five’ series to mark 75 years of lashings of ginger beer, while 20 years of the magic of Harry Potter will be remembered everywhere – including at the British Library.

Doubtless the book trade will welcome the publicity but do anniversaries and their nice round numbers have a positive impact on saleroom and retail prices? Not everyone is convinced.

Philip Errington at Sotheby’s acknowledges that auctioneers love anniversaries as they help focus the mind of sellers in particular. The bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005 brought a glut of sales, so too those marking the centenary of the Irish Easter Rising in 2016.

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