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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 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silversmith, but also known as the author of The Mansions of England and Wales in 1847, a set of volumes used as a historical reference book for the stately homes of England and Wales.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 Tuesday, 03 January 2017

William Pryce's Archaeologia Cornu Britannica or an Essay to Preserve the Ancient Cornish Language is another of the gems on offer in the Antiquarian Book Auction to be held on 15th March 2017.

William Price - Archaeologia Cornu Britannica, Sherborne 1790

Dated Sherborne 1790, this is the earliest individually published work on the Cornish Language and carries a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 12:56:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 15 December 2016

Another gem on offer from the private collection of Cornish books to be included in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March 2017 is Richard Carew's Survey of Cornwall

Richard Carew's Survey of Cornwall, 1602

Dated 1602, this is the earliest published history of Cornwall and one of the earliest published histories of any county. Given its rarity, this volume carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,200.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:23:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 06 December 2016

The March 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction includes a good private collection of over 120 lots of Cornish books, including many scarce titles.

One of the highlights of the Cornish collection is Philip Rashleigh's Specimens of British Minerals (BK17). Two volumes in one,  with 53 hand coloured plates of minerals bound in half gilt morocco and cloth sides, 4to, 1797-1802.


Philip Rashleigh - Specimens of British Minerals (BK17)

This is an excellent copy of this scarce early illustrated book on mineralogy and carries a pre-sale estimate of £3,500-£5,000

Entries are currently being invited for this forthcoming auction, which promises to be an excellent sale and in the meantime, we will blog some of the highlights over the coming months.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:51:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 24 February 2014

Four beautiful and rare hand-painted bindings by the Bath bookbinder Cedric Chivers are included in the next Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Rare Book Auction on 19th March 2014.




 Cedric Chivers (BK11)


No doubt influenced by the wonderful bindings of Edwards of Halifax, of a hundred years earlier, Chivers perfected at the end of the nineteenth century a method incorporating a fine watercolour, sometimes even heightened with the addition of mother-of-pearl in a vellum binding.




 Cedric Chivers (BK11)


The painting on paper was overlaid with a layer of finely skived translucent vellum, that way the painting was sealed, thus protecting the painting.


Examples of these fine and delicate bindings included in the sale are a 1909 edition of The Deserted Village; A’Kempis, Of the Imitation of Christ, 1898; and Baroness Von Hutten, Our Lady of the Beeches, 1907; each with an estimate of £800-£1,200. 



Cedric Chivers (BK11)


Cedric Chivers (BK11)

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Monday, 24 February 2014 11:44:11 (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 Monday, 10 February 2014

Our Spring Antiquarian Book Sale (to be held on the 19th March 2014) contains a manuscript book illustrated with fine pen and wash sketches related to The Grange, which was a famous old house that dated back to the time of Charles II.

The house was the home of one of the most famous novelists of the eighteenth century, Samuel Richardson, author of Pamela, Clarissa, Sir Charles Grandison, etc. One hundred years later is became the home of the painter Edward Burne-Jones and the poet William Allingham.

It was badly neglected during the Second World War and fell into a state of serious dilapidation to the extent that the house was finally demolished in 1957.


 The Grange (BK11)



Written just two years before its demolition, the manuscript  shows a high degree of calligraphic skill, the anonymous writer recalls the important history of the house and pleas for it’s survival.




 The Grange (BK11)


The book is offered for sale with two other examples of calligraphy, with an estimate of £100-£150.



The Grange (BK11)


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Monday, 10 February 2014 10:35:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 04 February 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, 04 February 2014 10:49:51 (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, 04 February 2014 10:33:20 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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