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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 Monday, November 04, 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 Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ian Fleming (1908-1964) wrote the first of the James Bond novels Casino Royal in 1952. Eleven 'Bond' novels and two short story collections followed between 1953 and 1966. The novels centred around James Bond a disgruntled MI6 officer. Bond was know by his legendary code number 007.

Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Service and Thunderball

In the next Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Antiquarian Book Auction are various Ian Fleming first editions. These include Thunderball (1961), The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) and On Her Majesty's Service (1963). There are also second editions of You Only Live Twice and The man with the Golden Gun.

Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and The Golden Gun

Each are in their original highly evocative Richard Chopping dustwrappers. Condition is all important and these have been read, so estimates are competitively priced between £200 and £350.

The next Antiquarian Book Auction is to be held on 19th March 2013 at our Exeter salerooms and entries are currently being invited.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:22:35 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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