10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

Lot 29


Armorial Pedigree.
The Pedigree and Descent of the Right Honourable, Edward, Earl of Worcester, Lord Herbert, Baron of Chepstow, Ragland, and Gower, Earl Marshiall, of England, Master of his Majesties Horse, Knight of the Noble Order of the Garter, and of his Highnesses most Honourable Privy Council. And also the Pedigree of the Noble and Ancient family of Sir Thomas Cornwall Knight, Baron of Burford, Livng Anno 1615 being both linealy descended from Geoffrey Plantagenet, Earl of Anjou.
Unusually large manuscript pedigree with hand-coloured arms, commencing with Geoffrey Plantagenet and ending with Edmund Cornwall, 4th son of Sir Thomas Cornwall. No date. Five joined sheets, apparently laid down with additional pedigree at base (the descendents of Sir Thomas Read). Approx 168cm x 41.5cm. Heavy foxing, framed and glazed (not examined out of frame).
[Provenance - Sir James Harman, Lord Mayor of London, 1963]

Sold for £380
Estimated at £150 - £250


Auction: Books, Maps & Manuscripts, 10th Apr, 2024

The sale includes a sketchbook of drawings of Southern China attributed to George Chinnery. English artist George Chinnery (1774-1852) left an extraordinary record of everyday life in Southern China in the early to mid-19th century, which has become an important source of historical information on the region.

Further highlights include an interesting archive of letters and ephemera relating to the composer and bandmaster Charles Coote (1809-1880), personal pianist to William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire, and bandmaster and composer for stage productions put on by Charles Dickens. There is also several collections of 19th century photographs including an outstanding album with many views of Eton College and the River Thames at Windsor, Trinity College Cambridge, Switzerland, Gibraltar and Malta as well as an important photographic record of the Challenger Expedition, generally considered to be the foundation of oceanography. 

Single owner collections include a large quantity of books on Polar Exploration and early Whaling. We are also pleased to offer a selection of books from the library of Fred Gettings, prolific author and expert on astrology, symbolism and arcane lore. The library includes many early editions of Nostradamus with several manuscript works on the famous French astrologer.


Tuesday 9th April 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am

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