13th Dec, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 11


Bewick (Thomas and John).
[Bell (John Gray)*], A Descriptive and Critical Catalogue of Works, Illustrated by Thomas and John Bewick, Wood Engravers, of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; with an Appendix of their Miscellaneous Engravings, Brief Sketches of their Lives, and Notices of the Pupils of Thomas Bewick.
John Gray Bell, 1851, large paper subscriber’s copy, folio in fours, viii, 77 pages plus 8 page errata and addenda loosely inserted (including portrait of Rev. Farrer), 382mm x 273mm, three plates, manuscript note by the publisher to front pastedown ‘Subscription Copy, Large Paper. No 6. J.G.B.’ ‘Bookplate’ of Joseph Cowen, faded original cloth gilt, front hinge split, offsetting to title page of a portrait not present. As Bell was known to add illustrations to customers' requirements, an authoritative collation has not been found. This copy is therefore sold as described.
[*Sometimes attributed to E.J. Selwyn, see Roscoe p.xxi].
[Sir Joseph Cowen 1800-1873, born in Greenside, County Durham. Colliery owner having inherited Blaydon Burn. Elected Liberal MP for Newcastle at the 1865 election. Buried in Winlaton]

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Auction: Books, Maps & Manuscripts, 13th Dec, 2023

The Books, Maps and Manuscripts sales encompass a broad range of collecting areas from early antiquarian books to modern first editions, which are sold alongside illustrations, private press, manuscripts, maps and atlases, early photographs, autographed letters and historic documents. Held four times a year, the specialist Book sales incorporate both private collections and libraries, and single lots from vendors across the United Kingdom.


Tuesday 12 December 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am

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