Military Book & Ephemera Collection

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Friday 01 April 2016

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W&H Peacock have been commissioned by Imperial War Museums to sell by auction a set of officially un-accessioned and duplicate de-accessioned books and ephemera. These items have been exited following a long-term review of IWM collections.

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The sale includes individual titles and selections, together with a wide range of ephemera. The collection features much material relating to the 20th Century together with that covering earlier periods – particularly Regimental histories.

To find out more about this auction click ‘Auction & Catalogue Details’ above.

Recent Highlights in Bedford Auction Centre

A Royal Crown Derby teaset decorated in the 'Old Imari' 1128 pattern including a teapot and jug with gilt handles and six tea cups and saucers, together with six matching egg cups

Sold for £520

For Restoration: a Mintons Majolica dish and cover surmounted by a seated sheep, together with a matching two-handled dish numbered 585, d. 28 cm

Sold for £700

An 18th century Dutch walnut and marquetry breakfront bookcase, the pair of glazed doors over four drawers of bombe form on bun feet, w. 137 cm

Sold for £920

A George II silver and parcel gilt covered tankard of bellied form later decorated in the rococo manner, William Shaw and William Priest, London 1756, h. 18.5 cm, 22 ozs

Sold for £1,100

A George III silver covered tankard of plain baluster form raised on a circular foot, John Payne, London 1774, h. 21 cm, 26 ozs

Sold for £1,200

A Royal Crown Derby two handled covered vase of urn shaped form decorated with floral sprays on a yellow ground, h. 35 cm *base inscribed Althaea Frutex Ramuneulus & China Aster, Tulips, Poppy, Strawberry & Capella Pilchella

Sold for £3800

A Swiss automaton clock with a turning paddle within a river scene, the enamelled clock face with Roman numerals within a tower, under a glass dome, h. 61cm

Sold for £1100

A Meiji brown patinated bronze figure modelled as an outstretched tiger, h. 22 cm

Sold for £600

A group of medals awarded to 5572542 Sgt. Wilfred Edward Couldwell, The Wiltshire Regiment including a Military Medal, The France and Germany Star, The 1939-1945 Star, The Defence Medal and War Medal, together with the associated paperwork, cap badges, three miniatures etc. 

Sold for £1,600

A 19th century Chinese blue and white teapot and cover of urn shaped form decorated with a pair of figures at leisure within traditional interiors to each side, single stylised character mark to base, h. 18 cm, on a fabric stand

Sold for £2,050

Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, a circular bowl decorated in the 'Applique Lugano' pattern with a blue sky, d. 19 cm

Sold for £520

Dr Christopher Dresser for Hukin & Heath, a silver plated six section serviette/letter rack of slender arched design, numbered 2555 to base, h. 12.5 cm

Sold for £680

Gladys Maccabe M.A., R.O.I., F.R.S.A. (b.1918), 'Before the Start',
signed,
oil on board,
37 x 50 cm *Gallery label verso

Sold for £780

A late 19th century yew, crossbanded and brass mounted campaign chest, the secretaire drawer over three further drawers on bracket feet, w. 84 cm

Sold for £1,000

A George III silver covered tankard of tapered cylindrical form, maker (?)GC, London 1791, h. 18 cm, 17.5 ozs

Sold for £1,150

An oak canteen containing a twelve sitting silver service comprising: 12 x table knives and forks, 12 x dessert knives and forks, 12 x cake knives and forks, 12 x fish knives and forks, 12 x soup spoons, 12 x dessert spoons, 12 x grapefruit spoons, 12 x coffee spoons, 12 x teaspoons, 6 x table spoons, 1 x carving rod, 2 x pairs of carving irons, 1 x pickle fork, 2 x butter knives, 2 x preserves spoons, 4 x salt spoons, 2 x sauce ladles, 2 x dessert serving spoons and a pair of fish servers, maker EV, Sheffield 1946, weighable silver 156 ozs

Sold for £3,100

A pair of late 19th/early 20th century Cantonese floor vases of hexagonal form, typically decorated in coloured enamels with warriors and elders, h. 60.5 cm (af)

Sold for £1450

A 19th and later skeleton clock, the twin train movement striking on a bell, later amended to feature an automaton cuckoo in the walnut pedestal on brass bracket feet, under a five-glass dome, h. 54 cm

Sold for £850

A Louis Vuitton 'Estrela' monogrammed noir handbag, together with a Louis Vuitton 'Sarah' clutch/purse, with the associated care booklet and invoice

Sold for £1,050

An early 19th century mahogany drum table with four frieze drawers and four faux drawers on a column and four splayed legs with castors, d. 120 cm

Sold for £1,700

Recent Highlights in Books, Maps & Ephemera

McCarthy J. H.: A collection of the writer's hand-written diaries, in various formats, for each year from 1886 - 1935. (Individual Diaries for the years 1878, 1880, 1882, 1890, 1894, 1895, & 1933 are not present). Entries include references to accounts of excursions abroad, visits to Galleries, dictation of his work, practise with an air pistol, books bought and read, Theatre outings, visits to a wide range of UK locations, visits to Publishers including Chatto & Kegan Paul, House of Commons, Meetings of the Dramatists' Club, meetings with various celebrities including - Walter Crane, George Meredith, Jerome and Pinero, monetary matters and a wide range of other activities. Some of the entries are very brief, others more extensive. Overall, a wide ranging biographical, literary and historical archive of potential interest to a range of research specialists in a number of fields. Together with a small collection of other miscellaneous note books.

Sold for £1600

The Eagle Comic: A complete run/sequence of this children's publication featuring Vols. 1 to 12 and 48 parts of Vol.13, 1950 - 1962. A private enthusiast's carefully preserved and collated collection reluctantly consigned to auction!

Sold for £600

Dickens C.: The Letters of Charles Dickens, The British Academy Pilgrim Edition, 1965-2002, Clarendon Press, edited by Madelaine House, Graham Storey et al. Complete 1st. Edition set. Royal 8vo. Twelve volumes in original (sleeve protected) dust wrappers. Scarce complete set in near fine condition.

Sold for £500

Dandy, Beano & Hotspur. A collection of these comics dating from the mid 1940s together with a small number of other titles

Sold for £1800

Bryant A.: Map of the County of Northampton from Actual Survey in the Years 1824, 1825 & 1826. Map dated 1st. June 1827

Sold for £640

Louis Wain: 'Such Fun', nd. C. 1930. Qto. hb. Colour illustrated laminated boards, Glazed Colour frontis & one other colour plate together with many other in text two/three tone colour illustrations. 'Mother Goose In Catland', nd. C. 1930. Qto. soft card binding with colour plate inset. Glazed colour frontis together with two tone in text illustrations. Both titles very scarce. 

Sold for £280

'Scrap' Album associated with Queen Victoria A small, square cloth bound book with gilt lettering and decorative features and aeg. There are manuscript contributions in German, French and English, many in an accomplished calligraphic style. Also included are compact 'cut out' engraved vignettes, some coloured - typical of this genre, together with a watercolour, letters, and an original wax imprint of the 'seal of the Diet of Frankfurt.' Intriguingly there is also a section of an envelope featuring a circular red stamp, purporting to have been written by Queen Victoria. There are also several other postal items: One purports to be the writing of 'H.R.H. The Princess Alice', another, the writing of H.R.H. The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Feodora of Leningen) 1807-1872 - the half sister of Queen Victoria. This second letter is addressed to 'Baroness Louise Lehzen, Governess and later adviser and companion to Queen Victoria. Both have black margins possibly linking them to a recent bereavement.
Three further cuttings from envelopes purport to feature the autograph of Her 'Majesty the Queen of Prussia' - Queen Louise of Prussia; another the autograph of 'The Princess Frederick William of Prussia, nee , Princess Royal of England.'Lastly, a cutting bearing the autograph of 'Her Majesty the Queen of Holland - nee the Princess of ....?'
Finally, there is short, poetic, farewell paragraph written and signed by Louise von Lehzen dated June 29 - 1856. The Vendor has indicated that there was a family tradition that this album was the property of Queen Victoria's Governess although there is no documentary evidence to support this provenance. The period contents and obvious age of the album may lend some credence to this notion however, or at least some 'royal' connection. Review of the Condition Report is advised.

Sold for £600

Books & Ephemera

A collection of Mint Commonwealth Stamps for the Era George VI ( 1937 - 1951 ) housed within three albums. Many in complete sets, some missing higher values. Together with original owners catalogue listing

Sold for £600

Books & Ephemera

Death In The Clouds, 1935. 1st. Ed. Published by The Crime Club. 8vo. Hb. Original orange cloth. Signed by author on fep.

Sold for £600

Books & Ephemera

Operations of British, Indian and Dominion Forces in Italy. Part II The Campaign in Central Italy 26 March to 10 August 1944 - Section D Eight Army Advance of Florence; Section F German Strategy; Part III The Campaign in the Northern Apennies 10 August to 1 April 1945 - Section A Allied Strategy; Part III Section B Eighth Army - The Gothic Line and Romagna Battles; Part III Section F Appendices; Part IV The Campaign in Lombardy 1 April to 2 May 1945 - Section E 10 Corps Operations; Section F 2 Polish Corps Operations (Narrative and Appendices); Section G German Strategy; Section H Principal Administrative Aspects; Part V Administrative Monographs (9 sections); Part V Administrative Monographs 4. O2E Papers (3 sections); Part V Administrative Monographs 4. O2E Papers (2 sections). Prepared by the 'British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean' and classified as 'Secret'. Folio volumes with printed boards and cloth spines and containing a duplicated typed text together with maps, charts and other diagrams. Very scarce.

Sold for £500

Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, Hodder, [1925]. Large qto., original gilt decorated/illustrated cream cloth, teg. Twelve tipped-in colour plates with titled tissue guards, black and white illustrations, decorative historiated initials, decorated endpapers, Limited edition 241/600, signed by Kay Nielsen.

Sold for £1700

Carroll L.: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Nd. C. 1908. 1st.Ed. thus. Illustrated by Harry Rountree. Qto Hb. Gilt titling & colour illus. on cover. Colour plates and vignettes by Rountree. Uncommon/scarce edition.

Sold for £560

Wodehouse P.: First Editions, 2nd. Printings. Summer Lighning, (1929); Very Good Jeeves, (1930); Laughing Gas, (1936); Mr. Mulliner Speaking, (1929); Meet Mr. Mulliner, (1927). First edition date in brackets, interval between 1st. & 2nd. printings varies. All titles with bright, clean dust wrappers which have 2/6 on spine.

Sold for £650

Photographic Journal / Album of the Voyage of ''H.M.S. Egeria, Pacific Station, during Commission, 1908 - 1910'' - original photographs taken by ''Second Sick Berth Steward, Charles Randall, R.N. A 'tall' hb, qto album featuring accomplished original photographs together with manuscript annotated labels under each mounted (but loose) photograph. The photographs feature the vessel itself, members of the crew undertaking various duties, activities and leisure time pursuits; locations visited including Port Simpson, Spicer Island, Refuge Bay, Esquimalt Harbour and Beaver Harbour Indian Village. Footnote. The Egeria arrived in British Columbia in 1898 where she was engaged in coastal surveys for the Royal Navy until 1910, by which time coast surveying responsibilities had been transferred to the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Commander Morris Henry Smyth was in command until Commander C. H. Simpson was appointed in command on 1 February 1900. Egeria was primarily involved in resurveying settled areas of the British Columbia coast to create modern charts on a larger scale. The last survey it conducted was of Welcome Pass off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Sold for £920

Small collection of official Naval Handbooks and manuals dating from early to mid twentieth century featuring: Torpedo Drill Book 1914, Seaman's Pocket Book 1943, Parade and Rifle Drill 1949, German Ground Mines, Merchant Ship Recognition 1943, Notes on the Royal Navy 1964. Mainly 8vo Pb. Together with some other Handbooks. Various formats, HMSO Publications

Sold for £500

GURNEY FAMILY ARCHIVE. A substantial and fascinating collection of books and albums

Sold for £5500

Rennell J.: Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan or the Mogul's Empire - With an Examination of some Positions in the former System of Indian Geography and a Complete Index of Names to the Map, 1785. 2nd. Edition. Qto. Contem. tree calf, gilt, marbled eps. Large engraved folding map of 'Hindoostan' by Rennell dated 1782 (in two sections) facing title page; engraved titular cartouche featuring figure of Britannia, territories hand coloured in outline. Text block also features four other maps, 3 folding. Scarce early edition.

Sold for £580

Books & Ephemera

Poems 1886 - 1929. Macmillan 1929. Limited, signed edition, No. 486 of 525 copies. Three volume set. Quarto, red crushed morocco, spines gilt lettered, teg, inner dentelles, marbled eps, hand-made paper. Binding protected with glassine wrapper. Signed by Kipling on the verso of the page before the portrait frontispiece of Kipling by Francis Dodd which is also signed ( in pencil ). A near fine set.

Sold for £500

Books & Ephemera

Billy Bunter Collection. First Editions, all with Djs. : Billy Bunter's Bargain, 1958; Bunter Out Of Bounds,1959; Bunter Keeps it Dark, 1960; Billy Bunter's Treasure Hunt, 1961; Billy Bunter At Butlins, 1961; Bunter The Ventriloquist, 1961; Billy Bunter's Bodyguards, 1962; Bunter The Caravanner, 1962; Big Chief Bunter, 1963; Just Like Bunter, 1963; Thanks To Bunter, 1964; Bunter The Stowaway, 1964; Bunter The Sportsman, 1965; Bunter's Last Fling, 1965. Without Djs.: Bunter Comes For Christmas, 1959; Bunter The Bad Lad, 1960. Together with 13 further early editions all with original yellow djs. plus two further titles without djs. and a facsimile volume of editions of 'The Magnet

Sold for £600

Books & Ephemera

Official History of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War, 1939-45, Campaigns in South-East Asia: Hong Kong, Malaya and Sarawak & Borneo 1941-42, 1960; Reconquest of Burma, Vol 1 & 2, 1958 & 1959; Campaigns in the Eastern Theatre, The Retreat from Burma 1941-42,1952; The Arakan Operations 1942-45,1954; Campaigns in the Western Theatre, The North African Campaign 1940-43, 1956; Campaign of Western Asia, 1957; The Campaign of Italy 1943-45, 1960.

Sold for £740