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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, April 29, 2013

John Cary was probably the most prolific cartographer and map maker at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.

He set up his own business in the Strand in 1783, where he produced a great mass of geographical publications, atlases, road maps, maps, road books, geological maps, terrestrial and celestial globes (a pair have just sold in auction for a world record price). His maps although not embellished with masses of decoration or elaborate lettering, none the less are noted for their clarity of line and accurateness, with simple but attractive outline hand colouring.

John Cary can be noted as the first of the ‘modern’ cartographers.


john cary's traveller's companion

John Cary's Traveller's Companion

In the Antiquarian  Book Auction on the 21st August 2013, an example of John Cary's fine craftsmanship can be found with a copy of his “Traveller’s Companion” [1817], containing some 45 hand coloured maps of the counties.


 john cary's travellers companion

John Cary's Travellers Companion

This pocket sized atlas was designed to fit comfortably in a pocket or saddle-bag, to aid the traveller on his journey around England and Wales. It will carry a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150 when it is being offered in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 21st August 2013.


John Cary's Travellers Companion

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Review Entries for Day Monday, April 15, 2013

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) - a legendary Welsh poet from Swansea. He became popular in his own lifetime and remained so after his death, partly because of his larger than life character and also for his reputation for drinking to excess.

 rare dylan thomas letter in antiquarian book auction

Rare Dylan Thomas Letter in antiquarian book auction

In the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood antiquarian book auction on 21st August 2013, there is a first edition by Dylan Thomas of his most famous book ‘Under Milk Wood’. However of more interest is a signed letter inside a signed presentation copy of the book 'Death and Entrances' written by Dylan Thomas to the St Ives Artist Michael Snow, dated July 15th 1948. He amusingly apologies for not writing before, saying ‘I’ve been away hunting bread and butter’. He graciously accepts the offer to become President of the Ulysses Club. The pre-sale estimate for this unique lot in our rare book auction is £1,000-£1,500.



Inscription from Under Milk Wood

The rare book auction will be held at the salerooms in Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon on 21st August 2013.

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