10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 23


An outstanding collection of 19th century photographs, comprising:
Windsor and Eton - thirty-five photographs including many views of Eton College, the River Thames at Windsor and two views of the compiler’s room (one stained and chipped).
Various sizes from 195mm x 280mm and 203mm x 270mm to 98mm x 60mm, each with manuscript caption.
With a further seven composite photographs with adult heads on different bodies (one with a watercolour background) and two large photographs of pupils with Rev. C.C. James dated 1871 and 1872 (pupils named);
Trinity College, Cambridge - nineteen photographs depicting Trinity College, ‘The Backs’, the library, the ‘Avenue’, Neville’s Court, Masters Court, etc.
Various sizes from 266mm x 210mm to 135mm x 102mm;
Switzerland - thirty-five smaller format photographs, views of Lucerne, Lausanne, Geneva. traditional costumes, etc.
Several smaller photographs appear to be of engravings or artwork, Various sizes from 140mm x 225mm to 57mm x 77mm.
Gibraltar - two photographs.
Malta - nine photographs including four large folding panoramic photographs of Valletta Harbour each composed of three, four or five photographs.
Individual photographs from 218mm x 270mm to 180mm x 227mm, panoramas up to 145mm x 1200mm.
Miscellaneous, twenty-six smaller format photographs, mainly topographical including Stratford, Tintern Abbey, the Giant’s Causeway and Norwich.
Large oblong folio album, all edges gilt, gilt-tooled full morocco binding with elaborate brass initials to upper board.
[Rev C.C. James was an assistant master at Eton College].

Sold for £700
Estimated at £300 - £500


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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