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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, 27 February 2018

As we celebrate the 100 years since women in Great Britain were granted the right to vote, albeit on a limited basis (full suffrage was not granted until 1928), an archive collection of leaflets, broadsides and letters relating to the suffragettes and a memoriam for Emily Davidson (1913) (BK19/528a) is being offered for sale by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in the forthcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 14th March 2018, with an estimate of £250-£500.

part of the suffragette archive (bk19/528a)

Part of the suffragette archive (BK19/528a)

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:22:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 08 February 2018

Coinciding with the recent release of the highly acclaimed film, starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, 'Darkest Hour', Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering two lots in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 14th March written by Sir Winston Churchill.

One of the lots is the scarce and much sought after second book published by Churchill 'The River War', dated 1899 (BK19/328), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.


 the river war by sir winston churchill (bk19/328)

The River War by Sir Winston Churchill (BK19/328)

His is an exciting factual account of Sir Winston Churchill's time in the Sudan serving under Lord Kitchener during the campaign against the Mahdi Army. The inscription reads 'To Sir James Stevenson from Winston S Churchill, Christmas 1919'. Sir James Stevenson worked as a personal adviser to Churchill.


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Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:28:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 02 September 2017

'An invitation to British Columbia' - A letter from T E Lawrence to Martin A Grainger' with a preface by Jeremy Wilson, foreward by Done Stewart, signed by both (BK18/178). This is a limited edition of fifty signed and numbered copies, plus twenty for private circulation.This copy, extra bound by Claudia Cohen, includes a proof of the facsimile letter.

 an invitation to british columbia a letter from t e lawrence

        An invitation to British Columbia a letter from T E Lawrence (BK18/178)

Returning to England after many eventful years serving in the Middle East, he hoped to live a quiet life but his fame followed him back home, where Lawrence received a letter from a young man Martin Allerdale Grainger, suggesting the merits of living 'the quiet life' of British Columbia. This book includes a facsimile letter of his reply and carries a pre-sale estimate of £200 - £300 in the 6th September 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:01:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 31 August 2017

An amusing inscription from PG Wodehouse in 'How Right You Are Jeeves' (BK18/241) states 'That is the title at the present, but I bet they will want to change it, they always do' is being offered in the next Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017.

 p. g. wodehouse how right you are jeeves (bk18/241)

PG Wodehouse - How Right You Are Jeeves (BK18/241)

This 1st edition from 1960, with the unique inscription is estimated at £80-£120.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:07:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 25 August 2017

The Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017 includes a number of signed/presentation copies of books by significant 20th Century authors including WH Auden, Robert Graves, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Irish Murdoch, Somerset Maugham, Tennyson and PG Wodehouse.

 the caste and the metamporhposis by franz kafta.

The Caste and The Metamporhposis by Franz Kafta.

Of particular interest is Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis (BK18/174), translated by AL Lloyd, printed by the Parton Press in 1937, with an estimate of £200-£300 and Jack Kerouac's On The Road (BK18/175) - again a 1st edition, from Viking Press, 1957, this defining work of the Post War Beat Movement invites bids of £400-£600

On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

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Friday, 25 August 2017 08:13:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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