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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, July 31, 2013

The Antiquarian book auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on the 21st August 2013, will include a small collection of early cookery books, including a late 17th manuscript bound collection of recipes encompassing gooseberry wine, pickle large cucumbers, and black cherry brandy.

 

The Cooks Oracle (BK10)

With the explosion in TV cookery programmes, celebrity chiefs, fine dining, etc, there is a strong demand for obscure and ‘lost’ recipes.

 

The Family Dictionary or Household Companion (BK10)

Also in the sale is Salmon, William. "The Family-Dictionary: or, Houshold Companion” [1705], with an intriguing recipe for Court-Jelly made with four calves feet. Authors of other books in the collection are Hannah Glasse, Elizabeth Raffald, John Farley, Elizabeth Smith, William Kitchiner, etc.

 

The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (BK10)

 

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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 24, 2013

Included in the antiquarian book auction on the 21st August 2013 will be one of the ‘great’ ornithological books of the nineteenth century: the second edition of Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands by Lord Lilford (1891-97).

 

Birds of the British Isles by Lord Lilford (BK10)

 

The second edition is published in seven quarto volumes and beautifully illustrated with 421 hand coloured and colour printed lithographs, most of which are by Archibald Thorburn and John Keulemans.

 

 

Frontispiece of The Birds of the British Isles by Lord Lilford (BK10)

Bound in attractive olive green morocco, there is a degree of light foxing, which reflects in the estimate of £700-£1,000.

Lord Lilford (1833-96), the fourth Baron Lilford, was one of the eight founders of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1858. He travelled widely and collected an extensive collection of live birds that were kept in the grounds of Lilford Hall. His aviaries included many rare birds from around the globe. He was responsible for the introduction of the little owl into England in the 1880s.

A plate from The Birds of the British Isles (BK10)

 

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Monday, June 24, 2013 10:28:18 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Gentleman's Magazine was founded by Edward Cave in 1731. It was published continually for almost 200 years. Intended as a monthly digest of current affairs, news, essays, commentaries, etc. Cave acted as editor using the pseudonym "Sylvanus Urban", he was first to use the term magazine (meaning storehouse). Among the notable and regular contributors was Samuel Johnson.

 

 

The Gentleman's Magazine (1 of 59 volumes)

Volumes of the mid 1770s are of particular significance, containing many reports, engraved maps, and plans relating to the American War of Independence.

 

 

This incomplete run from 1734-1794 includes 59 volumes

 

 

The gentleman's Magazine a map included in one of the magazines for inclusion in the Antiquarian Book Auction

 

Bound in a variety of contemporary bindings, this run is expected to make well in excess of £1,000 when it goes under the hammer on 21st  August 2013 in the Antiquarian Book Auction in Honiton, Devon.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:41:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We are offering the two volume set of A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern & Antarctic Regions, during the years 1839-43 by Captian Sir James Clark Ross in the forthcoming antiquarian book auction on 21st August 2013.

captain sir james clark ross - a voyage of discovery... 2 volume set

Captain Sir James Clark Ross - A Voyage of Discovery... 2 volume set


Captain Sir James Clark Ross  accompanied his uncle Sir John Ross to the Arctic on his first and second Polar voyages, making the important discovery of the North Magnetic Pole on 1st June 1831.

Subsequently, he led his own expedition which is recorded in these two volumes. Besides many important geographic and scientific discoveries, he also circumnavigated the Antarctic continent in this expedition.

 

captain sir james clark ross - frontispiece

Captain Sir James Clark Ross - frontispiece

The two volume set is complete with all their charts and attractive tinted lithograph plates and is estimated at £800-£1,200.

 

captain sir james clark ross - folding plate

Captain Sir James Clark Ross - folding plate

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 11:35:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The next antiquarian book auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will include, to be sold as one lot an extensive collection of books by and about the enigmatic poet Ezra Pound. They are from the working library of fellow poet and literary critic Donald Davie, who in 1975 wrote a book on Ezra Pound, which was published by the University of Chicago Press.

 

a selection from over 70 ezra pound volumes

A selection from over 70 Ezra Pound volumes

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was an expatriate American poet, one of the most significant poets of the 20th century. A highly controversial figure due to his fascist sympathies, which led him after the Second World War to be incarcerated for many years by the American authorities, following his many broadcasts criticising them during his time in Italy.

There are well over 70 hardbacks and many more paperbacks in this scholarly collection. They will go under the hammer in the Antiquarian book auction to be held in Dowell Street, Honiton on 21st August 2013

 
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Review Entries for Day Monday, May 13, 2013

Who has failed to be moved by the sheer simplicity of style, but been held in awe by the originality of design, typographically perfect. You know you hold an ultimate literary object in your hand when confronted by a book published by Faber & Faber.

 

 the north ship - published by faber & faber

The North Ship - Published by Faber & Faber

They were established in 1929, primarily as a publisher of poetry. Before and after the Second World War, most of the “Young Guns” of British poetry were on the Faber list.

 

ted hughes - published by faber & faber

Ted Hughes - Published by Faber & Faber

This was a new poetical era, two world wars, economic crash, austerity of the 1930s, time of revolution, politics, love, and the first dawning of an increasing awareness of the natural world. This was all to be reflected in the literary world through the poetry the likes of Ezra Pound, Ted Hughes, TS Eliot, Thomas Blackburn, Louis MacNeice, Wyndham Lewis, WS Graham, Philip Larkin, W.H. Auden, etc. All published by Faber & Faber.

 

 

Ezra Pound Published by Faber & Faber

In Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Antiquarian Book auction on 21st August 2013, all are represented in a large collection of 20th century poetry mainly published by Faber & Faber.

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Just arrived in the Books and Manuscripts Department for inclusion in the next Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood antiquarian book auction on 21st August 2013 in Honiton, Devon, are a group of original editions of children’s books illustrated by the famous illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).

 

 the tempest illustrated by arthur rackham

The Tempest Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

A prolific and highly original illustrator of children's books, Arthur Rackham both terrified and fascinated a whole generation of children through the Edwardian era to the Second World War.

Arthur Rackham's illustrations of goblins, witches, fairies, characters of fantasy, metamorphic figures, many from history and legend, although often very frightening but at the same time beautiful.

 

 aesops fables illustrated by arthur rackham

Aesops Fables Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

There cannot have been any other illustrator to match Arthur Rackham/Rackham's books in illustrating fairy stories, which are now especially collectable.

 

The Night Before Christmas Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Several unusual titles are to be included in the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction, all very fairly estimated at between £50-100 to reflect their condition:-

The Allies Fairy Book (1916)
The Night Before Christmas (1942)
Aesop’s Fables (1917)
The Compleat Angler (1931)
The Tempest (1926)
The Wind In The Willows (1950)

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Review Entries for Day Monday, April 29, 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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