Books, Maps, Prints & Manuscripts


A bound collection of original 19th century entomological illustrations sold for £4,200 (plus buyer’s premium) in the Book Sale on 8th June. The colourful pen and ink and gouache illustrations of butterflies, moths, caterpillars and other insects had been copied by the anonymous artist from earlier entomological publications, and bound together in full morocco gilt.
On the theme of illustrations, selling well too was a two volume set of folios, c.1800, containing engraved prints by Francesco Bartolozzi from original pictures and drawings of Old Master paintings and drawings in the ‘Collection of His Majesty’. The set sold for £2,200 (plus buyer’s premium).
Further highlights of the sale included a 1628 volume written by Robert Norton ‘one of his Majesties Gunners and engineers’ entitled ‘The Gunner, Shewing the Whole Practise of Artillery…Together with the making of extraordinarie Artificiall Fire-Workes…’, which sold for £2,000 (plus buyer’s premium). A fascinating album of photographs from a journey around the world made between October 1893 and November 1894 recording visits to New Zealand, Australia, China and Japan sold for £1,300 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £200-400, and a 1797, third edition set of the Encyclopedia Britannica sold for £1,250 (plus buyer’s premium).
The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £43,910 for 120 lots, with a 93% sold rate.
We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Books, Maps, Prints & Manuscripts on 12th September 2018, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.

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