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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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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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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 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 Wednesday, 19 July 2017

At a time when books for children had to have a strong educational purpose, the charmingly illustrated The Book of Birds and Beasts by Mary Elliott, with 48 beautifully hand coloured plates must have been a delight to children when they were given it.

According to the British Library, it was published in 1826, just over fifty years after Captain Cook reached the South East Coast of Australia. One of the illustrations is of a Duck-billed Platypus from New Holland, which must be one of the earliest depictions of the animal in a children's book.

one of the illustrations from the book of birds and beasts.

One of the illustrations from the Book of Birds and Beasts.

The estimate for this unusual book is £100-£200 and it will be included in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction in Exeter, Devon on 6th September 2017.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:42:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017 includes a rare folio titled An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Great Tartar Cham Emperour of China ... Wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers etc... are ingeniously described by Mr John Nieuhoff.

a rare folio dated 1669 described by mr john nieuhoff

A rare folio dated 1669 described by Mr John Nieuhoff


This rare work dated 1669, is illustrated with finely engraved copper plates, including an early double page plan of Canton.

The pre-sale estimate is £5,000-£6,000 and it will be included in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017. Viewing for the auction is on Saturday, 2nd September 9:00am - 12 noon; Monday, 4th September 9:00am - 5.15pm and Tuesday, 5th September 9:00am - 5.15pm.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 10:02:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 17 July 2017

Following the sad passing away last year of popular antiquarian bookdealer Royston Parry, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are selling the 'reserve' antiquarian stock of Exeter Rare Books in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017.

a german peep show of the first steam railway

A German peep show of the first steam railway

The eclectic collection, most of which has never been offered for sale, ranges from a rare German peep show of the first steam railway (illustrated), to an early Holy bible.

detail of the rare german peep show of the first steam railway

Detail of the rare German peep show of the first steam railway

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Monday, 17 July 2017 09:23:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Another interesting lot coming up in the forthcoming Antiquarian book auction on 15th March 2017 relates to Napoleon (BK17/403). It is the paper covers of an early 19th Century scrapbook , bearing the legend in a contemporary hand 'The paper covering this scrap book and forming its binding was taken from the bedroom of Bonaparte and once decorated its walls at Longwood in the Island of St Helena, June AD 1823'. The pre-sale estimate is £100 - £200

The inscribed legend from BK17/403 relating to Napoleon Bonaparte

It is believed by some that Napoleon Bonaparte died of arsenic poisoning, caused by the damp atmosphere on St Helena causing a chemical reaction with the arsenic used in the printing ink of the wallpaper

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:26:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Part of an extensive WWII archive of Noel Melville Richards OBE, LVO included in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March 2017 consists of 27 large photographs in a folder, of Winston Churchill in his map room with Captain Pym (BK17/232), examples of his wall planning maps, photographs of staff and environment in the underground War Rooms, the elaborate bomb protection the building enjoyed. This lot is being sold with a booklet and Pym's obituary and facsimile letter referencing the maps.

BK17/232 - Churchill and the War Rooms

There are some exceptional and rare photographs illustrating life in Churchill's War Rooms contained within this lot, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £350 - £500

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:09:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 26 January 2017

Another unique lot within the forthcoming Antiquarian book auction is a late 19th Century photograph album of India, including large photos of Multan, Dalhousie, Chumba, Port Blair and the Punjab.

There are also several of Port Said (Egypt) by the French photographer Arnoux.

 

This interesting lot is expected to fetch £400 - £600 when it comes under the hammer on 15th March 2017 in the Antiquarian Book Auction.

 

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:02:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 06 January 2017

Edward Twycross was a Dublin silversmith, but also known as the author of The Mansions of England and Wales in 1847, a set of volumes used as a historical reference book for the stately homes of England and Wales.

The forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March 2017 includes a copy of the County of Cornwall.

 

Containing a double page map and 45 or 52 tinted lithograph plates, it carries a pre-sale estimate of £600 - £800

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Friday, 06 January 2017 12:11:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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The Antiquarian book auction on 15th March 2017 in Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon includes a large collection of over 50 books illustrated by the English book illustrator Arthur Rackham [1867 - 1939].

Included in this collection are three copies of his probably best regarded work Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) with its 50 colour plates mounted at the rear of the book.

 

 Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens  illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Also, there is a copy of Sleeping Beauty, Undine, Pper Gynt, The Ring of Niblung and the Wonder Book, with estimates varying - please look in again nearer the time to view the 15th March 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction Catalogue.

 

 

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Friday, 06 January 2017 11:48:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 04 November 2013

Arthur George Street (1892-1966) - Writing and broadcasting under the name AG Street, he was a popular and prolific writer of books on farming and country life.

 

 

Part of the collection of AG Street Volumes

AG Street was the son of a Wiltshire tenant farmer. He was born at Ditchampton Farm, Wilton, where he eventually took over the tenancy from his father. To supplement his income during the depressed farming years of the 1920s and 1930s, he took to writing mainly fiction, in which he portrayed farm life in Southern England without idealizing it. His use of dialect further strengthens his imagery of rural life.

 

 

The Wheat and Chaff by AG Street

 

A selection of volumes from the collection by AG Street

Writing nearly 40 books, the next Antiquarian Book Auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood to be held on 19th March 2014 includes a near complete colleation of all his writings, many in their distinctive Faber and Faber dust wrappers. The collection also includes three signed letters by him and is inviting bids of £60-£80 when it goes under the hammer on 19th March 2014.

 

Coopers Crossing by AG Street

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Review Entries for Day Monday, 29 April 2013

John Cary was probably the most prolific cartographer and map maker at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.

He set up his own business in the Strand in 1783, where he produced a great mass of geographical publications, atlases, road maps, maps, road books, geological maps, terrestrial and celestial globes (a pair have just sold in auction for a world record price). His maps although not embellished with masses of decoration or elaborate lettering, none the less are noted for their clarity of line and accurateness, with simple but attractive outline hand colouring.

John Cary can be noted as the first of the ‘modern’ cartographers.

 

john cary's traveller's companion

John Cary's Traveller's Companion

In the Antiquarian  Book Auction on the 21st August 2013, an example of John Cary's fine craftsmanship can be found with a copy of his “Traveller’s Companion” [1817], containing some 45 hand coloured maps of the counties.

 

 john cary's travellers companion

John Cary's Travellers Companion

This pocket sized atlas was designed to fit comfortably in a pocket or saddle-bag, to aid the traveller on his journey around England and Wales. It will carry a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150 when it is being offered in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 21st August 2013.

 

John Cary's Travellers Companion

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Monday, 29 April 2013 10:15:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 15 April 2013

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) - a legendary Welsh poet from Swansea. He became popular in his own lifetime and remained so after his death, partly because of his larger than life character and also for his reputation for drinking to excess.

 rare dylan thomas letter in antiquarian book auction

Rare Dylan Thomas Letter in antiquarian book auction

In the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood antiquarian book auction on 21st August 2013, there is a first edition by Dylan Thomas of his most famous book ‘Under Milk Wood’. However of more interest is a signed letter inside a signed presentation copy of the book 'Death and Entrances' written by Dylan Thomas to the St Ives Artist Michael Snow, dated July 15th 1948. He amusingly apologies for not writing before, saying ‘I’ve been away hunting bread and butter’. He graciously accepts the offer to become President of the Ulysses Club. The pre-sale estimate for this unique lot in our rare book auction is £1,000-£1,500.

 

 

Inscription from Under Milk Wood

The rare book auction will be held at the salerooms in Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon on 21st August 2013.

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Monday, 15 April 2013 13:14:25 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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