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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, February 04, 2014

During the 1930s, the publishers Seeley, Service & Co Ltd, of Shaftesbury Avenue, London published a series of volumes with a sporting theme, from cricket to yacht sailing, which were all published under the generic title “The Lonsdale Library”.


In our rare book sale on 19th March 2014 is a copy of Salmon Fishing in this series. However, it is not just any edition. It is by the well known sporting writer Eric Taverner and is one of only 275 copies numbered and signed by the author.




 Salmon Fishing (BK11)


Published in 1931 and bound in sumptuous full dark blue morocco, it includes within a sunken mount (protected by a perspex ‘window’ set into the rear cover) real samples of salmon flies illustrating the various schools of modern fly dressing.




 Salmon fishing flies (BK11)


There are examples of the March Hare, Blue Charm, Pink Lady, Black Silk, Turkey Jackson, etc, which have all have been tied specially for this volume by the fishing experts Messrs Hardy Bros.


This rare volume is expected to make in the region of £250.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 10:49:51 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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The Twenty-shilling series of colour plate books produced by A & C Black publishers of London & Edinburgh were a masterpiece of Edwardian British letterpress three-colour printing. They were published from 1901 onwards, each with up to 100 colour plates bound in highly decorative cloth bindings.


At a time when foreign travel was rare, these magnificent volumes brought the world into the living rooms of the Edwardian family home.

Over ninety volumes were published, all at the affordable price of one pound. Many were illustrated by leading watercolour artists of the day.

A one-owner collection of this highly collectable series is being offered for sale, mainly in lots of mutiples of six books, in our next antiquarian book auction on the 19th March 2014. The pick of these is a lot that includes five volumes still in their rare original dust-wrappers.


A & C Black volume (BK11)


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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 10:33:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, January 30, 2014





The Herefordshire Pomona, by Robert Hogg & Henry Graves Bull, was a 19th century monumental attempt to catalogue all the numerous traditional apples and pears that were grown at that time in the cider county of Herefordshire.




The illustrations alone were undertaken over a period of eight years. It was one of the first works to attempt to fully catalogue all the existing varieties of English fruit, and is generally regarded as a masterpiece of late 19th century natural history book production.





Bound in two sumptous volumes in half green morocco, published between 1876-85, it includes 77 chromolithograph plates illustrating many examples.





It is generally recognised that fewer than 600 copies were published.

The copy in the natural history books section of our Antiquarian Book Sale on the 19th March 2014 is in fabulous condition and is conservatively estimated at £3,000-£4,500.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:47:54 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, December 18, 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, December 18, 2013 1:59:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Monday, November 04, 2013 10:59:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:57:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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