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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

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, April 09, 2013 10:43:45 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, February 21, 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, February 21, 2013 9:42:54 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Sunday, February 17, 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, February 17, 2013 10:18:11 AM (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, February 17, 2013 10:06:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, December 11, 2008

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