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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, 24 August 2017

The English Civil War (1642-1652) was the first major conflict where propaganda was used on a wholesale basis. It is also the only time regicide (killing of a king) has been carried out in the United Kingdom.

Two lots being offered in the Rare Book Auction on 6th September 2017 perfectly illustrate these two unique features. Both are essentially the same work and reflect the change in fortunes of the monarchy of the time.

 

'the works of king charles the martyr' published in london 1637 (bk18/268)

'The Works of King Charles the Martyr' published in London 1637 (BK18/268)

There is the magnificent large paper copy of The Works of King Charles the Martyr published in London 1637 (BK18/268). Published at the height of Charles' belligerent belief in the Divine Right of Kings and just five years before the start of the English Civil War, which would eventually lead to the beheading of Charles I for high treason in 1649.

Measuring some 46cm tall, this edition stands in stark contrast to the miniature volume titled Reliquiae Sacrae Carolinae. Or the Works of that Great Monarch and Glorious Martyr King Charles the I (BK18/267) Published in the Hague in 1657, this rare pocket edition of essentially the same work stand just 11cm tall.

 

'reliquiae sacrae carolinae. or the works of that great monarch and glorious martyr king charles the i' (bk18/267)

'Reliquiae Sacrae Carolinae. Or the Works of that Great Monarch and Glorious Martyr King Charles the I' (BK18/267)

At this time, the Restoration still some three years distant, what remained of the Court of Charles I was in exile on the continent of Europe, including Queen Henrietta and Charles II. This clandestine work would have been produced to be shipped back into England to keep the memory and ideas of the monarchy alive, almost regarded as a relic.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:38:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 28 July 2017

Among many finely bound leather volumes offered in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017, the pick is probably a copy of 'Lord Lilford's Birds' (BK18/98). Published in 1903, it is a sumptuous signed binding by Zaehnsdorf. 

'lord lilford's birds' (bk18/98)

'Lord Lilford's Birds' (BK18/98)

Probably contemporary, it is dark green morocco decorated on both covers with an array of flowers and leaves in red and gilt, extra gilt and titled within six compartments on the spine, matching decorated doublures and silk endpapers, all edges are resplendent in gilt. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150.

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Friday, 28 July 2017 10:33:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 19 July 2017

At a time when books for children had to have a strong educational purpose, the charmingly illustrated The Book of Birds and Beasts by Mary Elliott, with 48 beautifully hand coloured plates must have been a delight to children when they were given it.

According to the British Library, it was published in 1826, just over fifty years after Captain Cook reached the South East Coast of Australia. One of the illustrations is of a Duck-billed Platypus from New Holland, which must be one of the earliest depictions of the animal in a children's book.

one of the illustrations from the book of birds and beasts.

One of the illustrations from the Book of Birds and Beasts.

The estimate for this unusual book is £100-£200 and it will be included in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction in Exeter, Devon on 6th September 2017.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:42:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017 includes a rare folio titled An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Great Tartar Cham Emperour of China ... Wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers etc... are ingeniously described by Mr John Nieuhoff.

a rare folio dated 1669 described by mr john nieuhoff

A rare folio dated 1669 described by Mr John Nieuhoff


This rare work dated 1669, is illustrated with finely engraved copper plates, including an early double page plan of Canton.

The pre-sale estimate is £5,000-£6,000 and it will be included in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017. Viewing for the auction is on Saturday, 2nd September 9:00am - 12 noon; Monday, 4th September 9:00am - 5.15pm and Tuesday, 5th September 9:00am - 5.15pm.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 10:02:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 10:40:25 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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