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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 Tuesday, 28 February 2017

For Henry Williamson enthusiasts, there is a collection of three signed postcards, two signed letters and one typed letter, signed by the renowned author (BK17/415) included in the Antiquarian Book Auction at the Auction Rooms, Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon on 15th March 2017

 

 Henry Williamson Letters and Postcards (BK17/415)

They are addressed to Mrs Mitchell of Hatherleigh, a family friend and cover topics such as criticism of her son's poem, the whereabouts of his various children, J. C. Squire's excellent review of 'The Pathway', Henry Williamson's new girlfriend and her troublesome mother etc. The pre-sale estimate is £300 - £450

Henry Williamson Postcards (BK17/415)

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:52:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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An album of pencil sketches by Lt- Col J Fox dating from the 1820's is being offered in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March.

 

Sketches by Lt -Col J Fox - Antiquarian Book Auction 15th March 2017

  It includes 32 sketches, some with wash colour, of scenes of life in India. There are also approximately 30 pages of closely written text relating to early farming in New South Wales. The pre-sale estimate for this unique lot is £300 - £500

 

 

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:53:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Another early rare book coming up in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March 2017 is a volume by William Lilly titled A Collection of Ancient and Moderne Prophesies from 1645, which is four pamphlets bound in one.

 

William Lilly's Collection of Ancient and Moderne Prophesies

It contains rare astrological predictions by the highly controversial Parlimentarian astrologer William Lilly, who predicted the Great Fire of London 15 years before the disastrous conflagration.

To his supporters he was an 'English Merlin... to his detractors he was a 'juggling wizard and imposter;.

The pre-sale estimate when it goes into the auction on 15th March 2017 in the Antiquarian book sale is £500 - £600

 

 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:46:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 17 February 2014

The original English State Lottery ran from 1694 until 1826. It ran for over 250 years but under pressure from the opposition parties the Government of the day declared a final lottery in 1826.

 

In the next Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewoods rare book sale on 19th March 2014, there is a collection of twenty slip broadsides advertising the lottery tickets, which can be purchased from W Betts in Colchester.

 

 

 

 Lottery broadsides (BK11)

 

The broadsides advertise prizes up to £30,000, with one stating "The very last lottery but one."

 

Lottery broadsides (BK11)

Another brodside includes the doggerel “For as Lott’ries are now drawing near their last breath, and the day is so fine, I’ll be in at the Death.”

 

 

Lottery broadsides (BK11)

 

These amusing and unusual forms of advertising are expected to fetch £100-£150.

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Monday, 17 February 2014 10:35:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be offering in their next antiquarian book sale on 19th March 2014, a unique collection of one hundred and thirty Napoleonic Broadsides. Printed in the 1800s, there are individual broadsides, but mainly they consist of 25 broadsides in duplicates of 5-6 copies each.

 

A cache like this is quite remarkable, one can only speculate as to why so many copies have been preserved together - printer's copies - bill poster - political agent?

 

 

 

 Napoleonic broadside on offer in March 2014 (BK11)

 

Dating just twenty-five years or so after the American Revolution, and at the height of the French Revolution, the broadsides reflect the general terror of the British press and establishment as to the eminent invasion of Napoleonic forces from across the Channel.

 

Offered in one lot, it is expected to fetch anything over £5,000.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:59:27 (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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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:43:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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