Books, Maps & Ephemera

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Friday 03 August 2018

Commencing at 12:00pm

Bedford Auction Centre

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Friday 27th July – 9am to 8pm,
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In addition to our monthly auctions of Antiques & Collectors’ Items, we have developed a calendar of specialist Book auctions providing a more specific marketplace for vendors and buyers

Lots already consigned to sale include

John Baskett Bible, 1727

C.S. Lewis : Broadcast Talks, 1942 with ALS laid in.

Sangorski & Sutcliffe Binding, specially commisioned.

E. Hemingway : Farewell to Arms, 1929 1st Ed.

H. Roye : Selection of photographic works, 1940s.

J. Skelton : Oxonia Antiqua Restaurata & Antiquities of Oxfordshire, 1823.

J. Blaeu : Cantium vernacule Kent, C.1650

Mickey Mouse Weekly, No.1 February to No.47, December, 1936.

Three original vellum warrants signed by George III.

Arthur Conan Doyle : An Archive of original annotated pen & ink cartoon sketches.

Thomas Child – Engineer and  Amateur Photographer. Two manuscript Journals : Diary of my Voyage from London to Peking 1869 – 1870.
Year’s Residence in China 1870. Vol.1

Eccles Illustrated Caravan Commercial from 1930s.

Late Victorian Photograph Album, C.1895, featuring original work of an amateur photographer working in Windsor, River Thames & rural areas like Ragdale.

To Include

Sports books, travel & topography, aviation & military, maps & prints, childrens books, modern first editions, historical documents etc.

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Books, Maps & Ephemera

Late Victorian photograph Album, C.1895, featuring the original work of an amateur photographer. Locations include Windsor & other districts in London including the River Thames together with rural areas like Ragdale. Possibly a unique 'period' record of life and times.

Sold for £420

Gary Larson: The Complete Far Side, 2003. 1st. Edition. Signed, limited edition 1890/2000. Vols. 1 & 2, Folio, full maroon leather binding, gilt with colour pictorial onlay, aeg. Signed certificate of limitation bound in as frontis. Colour and black and white cartoon illustrations in chronological sequence 1980 - 1994. Both volumes housed in a two tone fabric lined drop-down box. Published with each set was an additional full-sized colour print signed by Larson with the same limitation number. Scarce and near fine.

Sold for £600

An early 20thC Japanese story book with coloured illustrations, possibly with some hand colouring, concertina in format, 10'' x 7''. Fabric binding and 'pages'.

Sold for £500

Farsi manuscript volume of Poetry, small qto. calf binding with a floral blind-stamped design. The book features the work of the 14th. C Persian poet Hafez which has been beautifully transcribed using the original Farsi script to create an attractive two column page format with decorative calligraphic margins. Together with an additional 8vo volume featuring a printed text in the same script. Both late 19th. C.

Sold for £850

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

C.S. Lewis: Broadcast Talks, 1942. 12mo Hb. Affixed to the front paste-down of the volume is a letter written by Lewis from Magdalen College - '' Dear Mr. Hubble, Forgive this economy of paper, I can't at the moment do otherwise. The Talks will be published, probably by Centenary Press but it is too early yet to give any details. I hope they may be in their Autumn lists. Thanks for kind and encouraging letter, Yours sincerely, C.S. Lewis.''

Sold for £440

Thomas Childs - Engineer & Amateur Photographer: Manuscript 'Chinese' Journal - '' Thos Child's Diary 1869, From September 9th to August 27th. 1870, Containing an account of my voyage from London to Peking.'' Together with: ''The Diary of Thomas Child - Years Residence in China, Vol 1. 1870.'' Two small leather bound volumes (Foolscap 8vo) containing manuscript entries for both accounts

Sold for £6,800

Royal Family & Friends at Sandringham & other Norfolk Locations - photographic archive of 24 monochrome prints dating from 1865 to 1913 (21.5 x 16.5 cm) featuring Royal Family groups, individuals and other nobillity, Sandringham House & Gardens, Runcton Hall, Hardwick Hall Suffolk, and the statue of the Prince of Wales' Horse 'Persimmon.' The photographs derive from original negatives in the possession of a member of the Gurney family (two of whom feature in one photograph) one of whose descendants consigned the archive. Each photograph has an annotated note attached to the back providing information about who or what is featured together with a date.

Sold for £620

An extensive collection of legal documents and ledgers relating to Aldham Hall in Suffolk including Conveyances, Deeds of Surrender, Settlement, Nomination, Covenant, Lease & Assignment etc. Together with four Hadham Hall Court Books featuring contemporary hand-written entries. The date range for the whole archive ranges from the 17th. to the 20th. Century

Sold for £2,300

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