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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 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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