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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, 17 July 2017

Following the sad passing away last year of popular antiquarian bookdealer Royston Parry, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are selling the 'reserve' antiquarian stock of Exeter Rare Books in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017.

a german peep show of the first steam railway

A German peep show of the first steam railway

The eclectic collection, most of which has never been offered for sale, ranges from a rare German peep show of the first steam railway (illustrated), to an early Holy bible.

detail of the rare german peep show of the first steam railway

Detail of the rare German peep show of the first steam railway

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Monday, 17 July 2017 09:23:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 25 May 2017

The next Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017 includes an extensive collection of English Civil War Books.

The English Civil War was vastly complex in origins - with high taxation, religious issues, the rise of the middle class and Charles I's obstinate adherence to the Divine Right of Kings amongst the triggers. The war involved the British Isles in the most terrible internecine carnage for some years, pitting father against son, brother against brother and friend against friend. These dramatic events saw not only the execution of a king by his own people but the rise of the outstanding leader Oliver Cromwell who replaced Charles I as supreme leader.

The Chronology of events was as follows:-

1642 The Earl of Essex made Lord General

1642 The King raised his standard at Nottingham, marking the start of the Civil War

1642 Battle of Edgehill

1643 1st Battle of Newbury

1644 Battle of Cheriton

1644 Battle of Cropredy Bridge

1644 Battle of Marston Moor

1644 Surrender of York

1645 Fairfax is instated as C in C of the New Model Army

1645 Battle of Naseby

1645 Sack of Basing House

1646 Royalists sign articles of surrender of Oxford

1647 The King seized at Holdenby

1647 The King is transferred to the Isle of Wight

1649 Execution of King Charles I; the beginning of the Interregnum or Commonwealth period.

1650 Cromwell is made Lord-General

1651 Battle of Worcester; Charles II escapes abroad

1653 Cromwell becomes Lord-Protector

1658 Death of Cromwell

1660 Charles II's return to London; marking the beginning of the restoration

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:41:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Sir Winston Churchill's Collected Works (BK17/209) is another of the rare lots on offer in the 15th March 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction. It is the Centenary Limited edition and consists of 38 volumes (including the four volumes of collected essays) and is bound in original full gilt vellum and contained in dark green slipcases.

Sir Winston Churchill's Collected Works (BK17/209)

This fine set was limited to 3000 sets and has the limitation labels attached to the front pastedowns. With just a shade of minor scuffing to a few slipcases, the set is expected to fetch £2,000- £3,000.

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Review Entries for Day Monday, 06 March 2017

It is rare to find children's games from the 20th Century complete, yet alone from the Regency period, but the Antiquarian Book Auction to be held on 15th March 2017 includes just such a thing - A Regency children's game titled 'The Prince of Wales's ABC' (BK17/113). It has 26 hand coloured counters with one general counter and is contained within its original circular boxwood container with fitted lid and lithographic title.

BK17/113 - Scarce Regency Children's game

This exceedingly scarce Alphabet educational game is expected to fetch £500 - £750 when it is offered in the Antiquarian book auction on 15th March 2017 at St Edmunds Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon. 

 

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 28 February 2017

For Henry Williamson enthusiasts, there is a collection of three signed postcards, two signed letters and one typed letter, signed by the renowned author (BK17/415) included in the Antiquarian Book Auction at the Auction Rooms, Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon on 15th March 2017

 

 Henry Williamson Letters and Postcards (BK17/415)

They are addressed to Mrs Mitchell of Hatherleigh, a family friend and cover topics such as criticism of her son's poem, the whereabouts of his various children, J. C. Squire's excellent review of 'The Pathway', Henry Williamson's new girlfriend and her troublesome mother etc. The pre-sale estimate is £300 - £450

Henry Williamson Postcards (BK17/415)

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:52:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Another interesting lot coming up in the forthcoming Antiquarian book auction on 15th March 2017 relates to Napoleon (BK17/403). It is the paper covers of an early 19th Century scrapbook , bearing the legend in a contemporary hand 'The paper covering this scrap book and forming its binding was taken from the bedroom of Bonaparte and once decorated its walls at Longwood in the Island of St Helena, June AD 1823'. The pre-sale estimate is £100 - £200

The inscribed legend from BK17/403 relating to Napoleon Bonaparte

It is believed by some that Napoleon Bonaparte died of arsenic poisoning, caused by the damp atmosphere on St Helena causing a chemical reaction with the arsenic used in the printing ink of the wallpaper

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:26:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Part of an extensive WWII archive of Noel Melville Richards OBE, LVO included in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 15th March 2017 consists of 27 large photographs in a folder, of Winston Churchill in his map room with Captain Pym (BK17/232), examples of his wall planning maps, photographs of staff and environment in the underground War Rooms, the elaborate bomb protection the building enjoyed. This lot is being sold with a booklet and Pym's obituary and facsimile letter referencing the maps.

BK17/232 - Churchill and the War Rooms

There are some exceptional and rare photographs illustrating life in Churchill's War Rooms contained within this lot, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £350 - £500

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:09:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, R. A. (1901 - 1979) is one of the foremost bird illustrators of the 20th Century, noted for his woodcut illustrations.

Part of the collection of volumes by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe

The Antiquarian book auction on 15th March 2017 includes a collection of 65 books illustrated by him (or about him), mostly in original dustwrappers with a pre-sale estimate of £350 - £500.

Part of the collection of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe Books

This auction also includes many fine natural history books.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:40:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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