Aidan Turner’s interpretation of Winston Graham’s Poldark has captivated a new generation of fans and now a first edition of the first book in the saga – signed by the author and key members of the cast of the original TV series – is going under the hammer in Newcastle.
Ross Poldark, a Novel of Cornwall 1783-1787, is the 1945 book on which the first series of the new BBC1 series was based. The copy being auctioned during the Anderson & Garland Fine Art Sale (June 14 and 15) is signed by Winston Graham, plus five members of the cast of the 1975 BBC drama including Robin Ellis, who played Ross Poldark, and Angharad Rees, who played his wife Demelza.
The book is being sold on behalf of Anne Hogg, who personally collected all the signatures during the 1980s and early ’90s when she was a member of the Poldark Appreciation Society.
Mrs Hogg, from Seaton Sluice, said: “I’ve been huge fan of Poldark since the 1970s. In the 1980s, I started collecting hardback editions and a local bookshop would look out for them for me.
“Every signature in the book was collected by me directly from these people; I met every single one when I was a member of the Poldark Appreciation Society and we had dinners in London. I have photographs with them as well.”
Mrs Hogg, who along with much of the female population is a fan of Aidan Turner’s portrayal of the brooding Cornish hero, is no longer a member of the society but continues to follow her Poldark passion online.
She said: “It was a difficult decision to sell the book but we are a family of hoarders and I’m trying to be realistic.
“I wondered if now is the time to put sentimentality aside and sell this one, because obviously the interest is there again.”
This is the first time in a decade that a copy of a first edition of the novel has come up at auction. First editions being sold by specialist bookshops without signatures are currently being advertised for up to £900.
Anderson & Garland auctioneer, Fred Wyrley-Birch, said: “This is a particularly good copy with a dust jacket but the nice side of it is the signatures from the author and the five cast members.
“It’s probably not unique – it was a popular book and original TV series, but signed copies are much more scarce.
“There has been increased interest in books of this type, in the same you get interest in books like Game of Thrones when they start to get television interest and people want to read the books.
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