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Roger Collicott is a Book Consultant in the Books and Manuscript Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood and works on the preparation of our specialist Antiquarian and Rare Book, Manuscript, Map and Print auctions. He is based at our Honiton salerooms.
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Most of my blogs are relating to books, but there are so many fascinating objects being offered for sale as part of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge Collection on 14th March 2018 that I feel compelled to write about them.

Take for instance the early 19th Century Continental creamware wine cooler (BK19/4a) applied with encircling fruiting vines. This was reputedly gifted to Samuel Taylor Coleridge by a member of the Wedgwood Family.

 

the wine cooler of samuel taylor coleridge gifted by a member of the wedgwood family (bk19/4a)

The wine cooler of Samuel Taylor Coleridge gifted by a member of the Wedgwood Family (BK19/4a)

Or how about the set of six late 18th/early 19th Century Spode coffee cups, together with saucers and other cups (BK19/6) which was used at Greta Hall, Keswick by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his wife Sarah Fricker and also by guests including Wordsworth and Shelley. The service, which has been mentioned in a printed publication was always referred to by Derwent Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's son, as 'The Tea Service'. For anyone looking for a piece of Samuel Taylor Coleridge memorabilia, this has to be considered.

 

'the tea service' of samuel taylor coleridge and his wife sarah fricker (bk19/6)

'The Tea Service' of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his wife Sarah Fricker (BK19/6)

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:11:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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The Samuel Taylor Coleridge collection already mentioned in previous blogs, which is going under the hammer on 14th March 2018 includes a two page signed letter from Samuel Taylor Coleridge to his niece Fanny Patteson (BK19/23).

letter by samuel taylor coleridge letter (1772-1834)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Letter (1772-1834) (BK19/23)

Although undated, it is believed to have been delivered by messenger in 1825. The letter forms part of the Rosemary E Coleridge Middleton Collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Family memorabilia, of which there are 56 lots.

samuel taylor coleridge (1772-1834) signature on letter

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) signature on letter (BK19/23)

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 13:16:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 05 March 2018

The early 19th Century mahogany and inlaid secretaire chest of Derwent Coleridge (BK19/53) (Son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge) is another of the lots on offer from the Rosemary E Coleridge Middleton collection, which comprises 56 lots in the forthcoming antiquarian book auction on 14th March 2018.

(bk19/53) derwent coleridge's (son of samuel taylor coleridge) secretaire chest

(BK19/53) Derwent Coleridge's (Son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge) secretaire chest

The vendor has informed us that the secretaire contained bundles of Coleridge papers, some of which now reside in the California State University and some at Coleridge Cottage.

 

(bk19/53) detail of derwent coleridge's (son of samuel taylor coleridge) secretaire chest

(BK19/53) Detail of Derwent Coleridge's (Son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge) secretaire chest

Derwent Coleridge (1800 - 1883) was the third son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sarah Fricker.

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Monday, 05 March 2018 11:19:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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The Antiquarian Book Auction on Wednesday 14th March 2018 includes the Rosemary E Coleridge Middleton collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and family memorabilia.

 

samuel taylor coleridge (bk19/29)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (BK19/29)

Amongst the 56 lots on offer in the collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Memorabilia is an early 19th Century gold and hair plait brooch initialled STC (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (BK1929). Measuring 4cm wide, it includes a paper label inscribed 'This brooch is the hair of ST Coleridge, is to be given to his granddaughter Christabel Rose Coleridge, born May 25th 1843.

samuel taylor coleridge (bk19/29)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (BK19/29)

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Monday, 05 March 2018 11:08:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 27 February 2018

As we celebrate the 100 years since women in Great Britain were granted the right to vote, albeit on a limited basis (full suffrage was not granted until 1928), an archive collection of leaflets, broadsides and letters relating to the suffragettes and a memoriam for Emily Davidson (1913) (BK19/528a) is being offered for sale by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 14th March 2018, with an estimate of £250-£500.

part of the suffragette archive (bk19/528a)

Part of the suffragette archive (BK19/528a)

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:22:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 08 February 2018

Coinciding with the recent release of the highly acclaimed film, starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, 'Darkest Hour', Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering two lots in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 14th March written by Sir Winston Churchill.

One of the lots is the scarce and much sought after second book published by Churchill 'The River War', dated 1899 (BK19/328), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.

 

 the river war by sir winston churchill (bk19/328)

The River War by Sir Winston Churchill (BK19/328)

His is an exciting factual account of Sir Winston Churchill's time in the Sudan serving under Lord Kitchener during the campaign against the Mahdi Army. The inscription reads 'To Sir James Stevenson from Winston S Churchill, Christmas 1919'. Sir James Stevenson worked as a personal adviser to Churchill.

 

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:28:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 02 September 2017

'An invitation to British Columbia' - A letter from T E Lawrence to Martin A Grainger' with a preface by Jeremy Wilson, foreward by Done Stewart, signed by both (BK18/178). This is a limited edition of fifty signed and numbered copies, plus twenty for private circulation.This copy, extra bound by Claudia Cohen, includes a proof of the facsimile letter.

 an invitation to british columbia a letter from t e lawrence

        An invitation to British Columbia a letter from T E Lawrence (BK18/178)

Returning to England after many eventful years serving in the Middle East, he hoped to live a quiet life but his fame followed him back home, where Lawrence received a letter from a young man Martin Allerdale Grainger, suggesting the merits of living 'the quiet life' of British Columbia. This book includes a facsimile letter of his reply and carries a pre-sale estimate of £200 - £300 in the 6th September 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:01:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 31 August 2017

An amusing inscription from PG Wodehouse in 'How Right You Are Jeeves' (BK18/241) states 'That is the title at the present, but I bet they will want to change it, they always do' is being offered in the next Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017.

 p. g. wodehouse how right you are jeeves (bk18/241)

PG Wodehouse - How Right You Are Jeeves (BK18/241)

This 1st edition from 1960, with the unique inscription is estimated at £80-£120.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:07:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 25 August 2017

The Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017 includes a number of signed/presentation copies of books by significant 20th Century authors including WH Auden, Robert Graves, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Irish Murdoch, Somerset Maugham, Tennyson and PG Wodehouse.

 the caste and the metamporhposis by franz kafta.

The Caste and The Metamporhposis by Franz Kafta.

Of particular interest is Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis (BK18/174), translated by AL Lloyd, printed by the Parton Press in 1937, with an estimate of £200-£300 and Jack Kerouac's On The Road (BK18/175) - again a 1st edition, from Viking Press, 1957, this defining work of the Post War Beat Movement invites bids of £400-£600

On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

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Friday, 25 August 2017 08:13:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 24 August 2017

The English Civil War (1642-1652) was the first major conflict where propaganda was used on a wholesale basis. It is also the only time regicide (killing of a king) has been carried out in the United Kingdom.

Two lots being offered in the Rare Book Auction on 6th September 2017 perfectly illustrate these two unique features. Both are essentially the same work and reflect the change in fortunes of the monarchy of the time.

 

'the works of king charles the martyr' published in london 1637 (bk18/268)

'The Works of King Charles the Martyr' published in London 1637 (BK18/268)

There is the magnificent large paper copy of The Works of King Charles the Martyr published in London 1637 (BK18/268). Published at the height of Charles' belligerent belief in the Divine Right of Kings and just five years before the start of the English Civil War, which would eventually lead to the beheading of Charles I for high treason in 1649.

Measuring some 46cm tall, this edition stands in stark contrast to the miniature volume titled Reliquiae Sacrae Carolinae. Or the Works of that Great Monarch and Glorious Martyr King Charles the I (BK18/267) Published in the Hague in 1657, this rare pocket edition of essentially the same work stand just 11cm tall.

 

'reliquiae sacrae carolinae. or the works of that great monarch and glorious martyr king charles the i' (bk18/267)

'Reliquiae Sacrae Carolinae. Or the Works of that Great Monarch and Glorious Martyr King Charles the I' (BK18/267)

At this time, the Restoration still some three years distant, what remained of the Court of Charles I was in exile on the continent of Europe, including Queen Henrietta and Charles II. This clandestine work would have been produced to be shipped back into England to keep the memory and ideas of the monarchy alive, almost regarded as a relic.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:38:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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