Oxfam has raised over £16,000 at an auction of 27 rare books donated to its network of charity shops over the past year.
The star lot of the annual sale, held at Bonhams, was a rare copy of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, which sold for £4,500, exceeding its £3,000 estimate.
Published in 1923 by the Hogarth Press, the publisher founded by Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard, the type was thought to be handset by Virginia herself, and just 460 copies of the book were printed.
Other finds which were sold at the auction included a collection of etchings of ancient and modern Rome by Guiseppe Vasi, which sold for £4,200. It had been donated to Oxfam’s bookshop in Stratford Upon Avon.
A first edition of Irish author JG Farrell’s Troubles which was donated to Oxfam’s Winchester bookshop sold for £800. Two Japanese photo albums with photos by Kozaburo Tamamura and Felice Beata, which had been donated to the charity’s Bridport shop, sold together for £1,250.
“The range of books on sale for Oxfam demonstrates the generosity of supporters who give high value donations that make a significant contribution to Oxfam’s work,” said Jackie Whitaker of Oxfam Valued, part of the charity which specialises in selling valuable donations.
Last year’s auction raised just over £21,000 with the highlight being a rare first edition of Samuel Beckett’s debut novel Murphy which sold for £12,000.