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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 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

Part of the Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books being offered for sale 15th March 2017 in the Antiquarian Book Auction includes a selection of volumes by William Borlase.

 Titles include William Borlases Natural History of Cornwall  with a folding map, 28 copper engraved plates and bound in contemporary full speckled calf, neatly re-backed. Printed for the author in 1758 in Oxford, this volumes is inviting bids of £450 - £650

William Borlase - The Natural History of Cornwall, 1758

Also being offered is William Borlases Antiquities - Historical and Monumental  with a large folding map of the County, single page map and 25 copper engraved plates. This handsome folio in contemporary full speckled calf and nicely re-backed is the second [best] edition dated 1769 and carries a pre-sale estimate of £300 - £450

 

William Borlase - Antiquities Historical and Monumental of the County of Cornwall

 A copy of William Borlases Observations on the Ancient and present State of the Islands of Scilly is also expected to create interest. With 5 engraved plates including a folding map and large folding panoramic plate, this volume dated 1756 has an estimate of £250 - £350

 

 William Borlase - Observations on the Ancient and Present State of the Islands of Scilly

These three volumes by William Borlase are just a small part of the Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books being offered in the forthcoming sale of Antiquarian Books on 15th March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:08:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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, 09 January 2017

John Norden's Speculi Britanniae Pars - A Topographical and Historical Description of Cornwall is another of the Cornish books on offer in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March 2017 at the Auction Rooms in Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon.

 

John Norden's Speculi Britanniae Pars - A Topographical and Historical Description of Cornwall - Title page

Containing an engraved title page, printed tile, engraved dedication plate, table of distance, general map of the county, 9 maps of the hundreds, one plate of St Germans, engravings in text, rebound in full calf and dated 1728, it carries a pre-sale estimate of £800 - £1200

 

 

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Monday, 09 January 2017 09:19:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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