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Richard Bearne is the Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, specialising in books and manuscripts. He regularly undertakes valuations for both insurance and probate purposes.
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 09 April 2013

There is a good set of interesting books coming up in the Antiquarian book auction on 21st August 2013 in Dowell Street, Honiton – The Buildings of England Series. This series of books was published by Penguin Books between 1951 and 1974.

 

the buildings of england series

 

The Buildings of England Series

 

Under the guidance of the General Editor Nikolaus Pevsner, he along with the poet John Betjamin were almost solely responsible for bringing to the public awareness to the wholesale destruction to our historic buildings, under the drive for everything new and modern following the Second World War.

 

The series is intended to continue until all the counties of England are covered. It gives full particulars of the architectural features of all ecclesiastical, public and domestic buildings of interest in each town and village of the county concerned and of the furnishings of churches.

 

This series helped to foster an aesthetic appreciation of our ‘Old’ buildings.

 

The set being offered in the Antiquarian book Auction in Honiton, Devon on 21st August 2013 comprises of 31 volumes and is expected to fetch between £60-£100 when it goes under the hammer, although this is probably a somewhat conservative estimate.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 10:47:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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KIPLING, Rudyard: (1865-1936) - Two-page typed letter, signed with notations, from Bateman's, dated Nov. 20/27, to Mrs Sanders. He discusses his recent trip to France ... "Vichy-the dullest spot on Earth". He comments on the wet weather, and is very relieved that foot and mouth, which has reached as far as the New Forest, hasn't affected his animals yet.

rudyard kipling letter

 

Rudyard Kipling Letter

 

* Kipling bought Bateman's in 1902 and spent the rest of his life there. Bateman's is located in rural Burwash, East Sussex. It was built in 1634, and is now owned by the National Trust who run it as a museum dedicated to this great English literary figure, author of so many classical works such as If, Just So Stories, Kim, Jungle Book and poems such as Gunga Din, Mandalay, etc, etc.

 

 rudyard kipling letter

 

Rudyard Kipling Letter

 

This unique letter is expected to fetch £100-£200 when it goes under the hammer on 21st August 2013 in the Antiquarian Book Auction at Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 10:43:45 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Miniature books – that is books not more than 3 inches (76mm) in height, have always fascinated book lovers.

Remarkably, the first miniature book was published in Naples in 1486. It was entitled 'Officium Beatae Virginis Mariae'.

Miniature books became very popular in the last two decades of the 19th Century, because they could be carried around easily and to this day, there is an avid band of collectors willing to buy these rare books at auction and new miniature books are still being published to meet the demand.

In our Antiquarian Book Auction to be held on 21st August 2013, one lot includes three miniature books.

Two are published in the Infant’s Library and measure 47 x 60mm and date from circa 1800. The other is titled ‘With People of all Nations’ and measures 50 x 45mm and dated 1802 it is illustrated with charming woodcuts. The pre-sale estimate is £60 - £100. 

three miniature books in the antiquarian book auction to be held on 21st august 2013

Three miniature books in the Antiquarian Book Auction to be held on 21st August 2013

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:28:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 22 March 2013

We are privileged to be offering for auction the art reference library of the St Ives artist Michael Seward Snow in the Antiquarian book auction to be held on 21st August 2013 in Dowell Street, Honiton.

michael seward snow's art reference library for auction 21st august 2013

Michael Seward Snow's art reference library for auction 21st August 2013

The collection reflects the influence of a previous generation of ground-breaking artists, who painted in the 'Warmth of the Sun' and their own earlier influences of Turner, Matisse, Braque, Picasso and Mondrian, etc.

The history of art is covered, constructivism and abstraction are explored and there are also many works on sculpture.

There are catalogues, books and collections on artists such as Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Roger Hilton, Tony O'Malley, Alfred Wallis, Byran Winter, etc.

The second part of the library consists of poetry books, with an extensive collection on the Cornish poet (who was a personal friend of Michael Snow) WS Graham.

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Friday, 22 March 2013 14:37:42 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 21 February 2013

You may remember me writing last week about the interesting collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge lots that we were including in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 20th March 2013 at our Dowell Street Saleroom in Honiton, Devon. Well yesterday, they went under the hammer.

 

The star of the show was the Samuel Taylor Coleridge family bible (BK9/131), which as I suspected, after being fiercly contested achieved a final hammer price of £5,500.

 

 samuel taylor coleridge family bible sold for £5,500

 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Family Bible sold for £5,500

 

The second lot in the Samuel Taylor Coleridge collection to really fly and exceed all expectations was a collection of papers, letters, a notebook, etc, from William Hart Coleridge (1789-1849) (nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge) and the Bishop of Barbados (BK9/380). The lot included a silhouette of him and his notebook of 221 inscribed pages, primarily concerned with his life in the West Indies.

 

 

 

 

WH Coleridge (nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge letters and notebooks

 

The last entry in this notebook was dated Oct 22nd 1825. This was an important collection, as in addition to the official documents and letters, there are many personal items, supplemented with his notebook and this collection could form the basis of a biography of WH Coleridge. The hammer price for this interesting and unique lot was £3,200.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:42:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 19 February 2013

There are a number of modern first editions  in the Antiquarian Book Auction to be held on 20th February 2013 at Dowell Street, Honiton, East Devon.

 

The first of these of note is Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library (BK9/121). Published by Collins in their popular crime collection series, it features Agatha Christie’s famous amateur detective Miss Marple. The body turns out to be that of an 18 year dancer called Ruby Keene. In original cloth and with dustwrapper (1942), I anticipate this good volume to be hotly contested and can see it exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £240-£400, but we will see when it goes under the hammer in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 20th February 2013 (BK9).

 

 agatha christies the body in the library

 

 

Agatha Christies The Body in the Library

 

Also in this rare book auction in the section of Modern first editions is a first edition of HG Wells highly influential novel The War of the Worlds, dated 1898 (BK9/203). It is not in brilliant condition, but in its original austere grey cloth cover, it is a masterpiece of science fiction writing, a genre that has been imitated over and over again. I am expecting this iconic book to realise between £150-£200.

 

 h g wells the war of the worlds

 

 

HG Wells The War of the Worlds

 

The modern first editions section of the Antiquarian book auction also includes several books of ghost stories, James Bond, also a nice collection of PG Wodehouse novels, and a complete set of CS Lewis Narnia novels, including a first edition of The Lion and the Witch, although unfortunately without dustwrapper.

 

The sale is tomorrow, so we will see whether my predictions are correct. I am sure there will be a few surprises, which I look forward to reporting to you once the Antiquarian Book Auction is complete.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:09:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 18 February 2013

Ok, so who doesn’t still love children’s books, whatever your age? I still enjoy looking through the pages of my old Babar books and, of course, Winnie the Pooh, where there are some very wise words to glean, so I was very excited to see that we have a great collection of pop up books and moveables in the forthcoming auction of Antiquarian books on 20th February 2013 at the Dowell Street Saleroom in Honiton, East Devon.

 

Moveable books were originally designed for adults rather than children. It is thought that the first moveable mechanics were used in a book in 1306 for an astrological book.

 

The techniques used for pop up books and moveable books has been used for centuries, but mainly for scholarly books, rather than for entertainment and fun.

 

It wasn’t until 18th Century that these were developed for children and for fun and were extremely popular during the 19th Century, but it wasn’t until the early 20th Century that things really changed. During the 20th Century, pop up books literally popped up everywhere.

 

The pop up books on offer in the Children’s and Illustrated section of the Antiquarian book auction are in a few lots and are all in excellent condition.

 

The first of these is an unusual collection of pop-up books (BK9/76), of various shapes and sizes, all in excellent and unused condition. Some of the titles include The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, with illustrations by Penny Ives, dated 1988, and a pop-up Winnie-The-Pooh, with decorations after the style of Ernest H Shepard. The estimate on this fun lot in the Antiquarian book auction, which includes twenty one volumes in total is £50-£80.

 

 a selection of pop-up books on offer in the antiquarian book auction

 

A selection of the pop-up books on offer in the Antiquarian Book Auction.

 

Another super example is The Model Menagerie by the German publisher Ernest Nister (BK9/90), dating from circa 1900. This novel picture book of wild animals consists of six intricate 3D pop-ups. It is in nice fresh condition with highly decorative boards. I will be looking for bids between £100-£160.

 

 

 

The Model Menagerie

 

There are many other great children’s books in this Antiquarian book auction to be held at our salerooms on 20th February 2013 in Dowell Street, Honiton, East Devon.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

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Monday, 18 February 2013 10:40:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Sunday, 17 February 2013

In my previous blog, I mentioned the five unsigned letters to John Spottiswoode from an un-named solicitor (Lot BK9/370) within the manuscripts sections of the auction.

The pick of the documents from the John Spottiswoode collection of letters is the signed letter from James First (1566-1625) (BK9/372). This letter from James First, King of England and King of Scotland as James IV is a signed folio document relating to lands, rents, leases etc to the Abbey of Icolmekille (Iona). It is sent from Theobaldes (Theobald’s Palace) 12 November 1618 to the Earl of Dunfermline and is expected to fetch between £600-£1,000 when it goes under the hammer on 20th February 2013 at the Dowell Street Honiton Saleroom in East Devon.

 james i letter in antiquarian book auction

 

 James I letter in Antiquarian book auction

 

Other excitements within this section of the book auction include a signed folio document from Charles First (BK9/366) (1600-1649) sent from Oatlands Surrey on 9th September 1638 to the Lord Advocate Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £250-£400 and another folio document from Charles I  relating to the handing over of the Great Seal (BK9/368). This letter was sent from Hampton Court on 16th September 1638 to John Spottiswoode, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Lord Chancellor of Scotland. The letter is docketed in the hand of his son, Sir Robert Spottiswoode and has a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500

 

Charles I letter in Antiquarian book auction

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Sunday, 17 February 2013 10:18:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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In the manuscripts section of the Antiquarian Book Auction (BK9) to be held on 20th February 2013 in Dowell Street, Honiton, East Devon is a collection of significant 17th Century letters, passed down by direct descent by the family of John Spottiswoode (1565-1639).

 

John Spottiswoode was Archbishop of St Andrews and also Lord Chancellor of Scotland. He was one of the most significant figures of his day and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

 

There are five contemporary letters (BK9/370) sent to John Spottiswoode by an un-named solicitor living in Edinburgh during Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and his Highland armies occupation of the City of Edinburgh for a six week period in 1745.

 

 spottiswoode letters for auction

 Spottiswoode Letters for auction

 

These unpublished letters describe in vivid details the panic, the dangers that were faced, the rumours that were rife, the hopes for the settlement, as the Highland army were in the midst of the residents.

 

None of the letters are signed, one assumes because of the security issues in case they were intercepted.

 

The first letter is dated September 19th, just two days after the Princes entry into the city. The last is dated 26th October – five days later the Prince marched out of Edinburgh on his ill fated journey South.

 

This is just one of the lots relating to John Spottiswoode on offer in the manuscripts section of the Antiquarian Book Auction (BK9). To view the others please take a look at the catalogue from lot 366-378 (BK9).

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Sunday, 17 February 2013 10:06:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 15 February 2013

Raymond Briggs captured the hearts of a generation when he first introduced us to the Snowman in 1978. Thirty five years on The Snowman has become part of the legend that is Christmas, having been shown every year since 1982 and this past Christmas saw the arrival of the sequel The Snowman and the Snow Dog.

The Antiquarian book auction to be held at the Dowell Street Honiton Saleroom in East Devon, includes a lovely little collection of twelve books by or illustrated by Raymond Briggs. These are together with six Christmas cards, all featuring characters from the Snowman, which are signed by Raymond (BK9/62)

 raymond briggs the snowman

Raymond Briggs The Snowman 

 

The collection includes a first edition from 1986 of The Snowman Pop Up. There is also a First Edition of Ethel and Ernest dated 1998, in unique strip cartoon format, which is Brigg’s own unique style. It tells a story of his parents.

 

Arguably Raymond Brigg’s most significant book is included, it certainly was his most controversial, the 1982 first hardback edition of When the Wind Blows!, which deals with the futile attempts at self preservation that the government of the day were trying to instruct its citizens to carry out, in the event of a nuclear war.

 

 raymond briggs when the wind blows

 Raymond Briggs When the Wind Blows

 

On a somewhat cheerier note, there are six character Christmas cards, all signed by Raymond Briggs.

 

 raymond briggs signed character christmas cards

Raymond Briggs Signed Character Christmas Cards

 

This unusual lot of Raymond Briggs books and Christmas cards carries a modest pre-sale estimate of £150-£200 and more information on the other books in the lot can be viewed in the catalogue (BK9/62).

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Friday, 15 February 2013 12:37:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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