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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, April 09, 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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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, March 27, 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, March 27, 2013 12:28:05 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, March 22, 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, March 22, 2013 2:37:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, December 11, 2008

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