10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 17


Blue Coat School, Kendal.
A Manuscript Work Book compiled by Christopher P. Shaw of Blue Coat School, commencing August 1864, the subjects covered comprise Mensuration and Superficies (with fifteen problems and their rules); Bricklayers’ Work; Masons’ Work; Carpenter’s and Joiners’ Work (with two hand-coloured diagrams of a hipped roof); Slaters and Tilers Work; Plasterers Work; Painters Work; Glaziers Work; Plumbers’ Work; Pavers’ Work and Vaulted and Arched Roofs.
Approx 116 pages, with four leaves glued into two. Page size 223mm x 190mm, cloth-backed boards (binding weak).
[Christopher P[earson] Shaw became an architect in Kendal. Copies of various census records are included with the lot];
Broadside, ‘Blue-Coat Schools, Kendal. On Sunday Morning, October 26th, 1823, an Occasional Sermon will be Preached in the Parish Church of Kendal ….. A Collection will be made for Benefit of the Blue-Coat Charity Schools ….
Lacking imprint, 382mm x 240mm, Blue-Coat Schools title on reverse, folds, small tape stain towards middle with full width stain to lower edge. ‘ES 1822’ watermark. (2)

Sold for £420
Estimated at £100 - £200


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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