10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 18


Lake District.
Photographs - Francis Frith.
Sixteen photographs of the Lake District, nine with ‘Frith’s Series’ blindstamps, one with 'Pettitt’s Series Keswick’ blindstamp. Images including Bowness, Windermere, Kirkstone, the Lowood Hotel, Troutbeck, Ullswater, Coniston, Esthwaite Water and Little Langdale Head.
Fourteen photographs mounted in oblong folio album, two loose. Seven Frith’s Series photographs are approx 153mm x 253mm, one is, with the other mounted photographs, approx 150mm x 200mm, and the two loose images (one stamped Frith) are 190mm x 290mm. All edges gilt, roan gilt album with the leaves removed from the first half of the album;
Lake District Tour, A lengthy cross-written letter, postmarked June 13 1836, written from the White Lion Hotel, Bowness, Westmorland to Mrs Archdale Palmer of Cheam Park, Surrey. The writer is believed to be on a tour of the Lake District and is planning a trip to Langdale Sticks & Pikes. Folded sheet, 225mm x 370mm overall, entire, several postmarks, opened wax seal. Worthy of further research.

Sold for £150
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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