10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 33


Webb (Sidney & Beatrice).
A small collection of letters and books, comprising:
A.L.S., A series of eight autograph letters, from Sidney Webb to Councillor Atkins of Seaham Harbour. Dating from the period that Webb represented the area in Parliament, the letters thank Mr Atkins for his help in the election campaigns and discuss political organisation and campaigning in Dawdon and Seaham Harbour ‘I may add that the importance of attending to the Register in January and July, in a place like S.H. & Seaham Colliery, where new houses are being built, and families are shifting from one house to another, can hardly be overestimated’;
Dated from December 1922 to July 1926, four four-page, two three-page, two two-page, seven signed, folded, some wear, one with worn envelope;
T.L.S., A one page typed letter, from Beatrice Web to Mr Atkins, 22nd August 1924, discussing political activity in Hartlepool and Blackhall (County Durham), signed;
A postcard, of the couple in a street scene.
Webb (Sidney & Beatrice), A Constitution for the Socialist Commonwealth of Great Britain.
Longman, Green, 1920, two copies, both with presentation inscriptions from Sidney Webb, worn cloth;
idem, The Decay of Capitalist Civilisation.
Fabian Society, 1923, second edition, presentation copy from Sidney Webb, cloth;
Cole (Margaret), Beatrice Webb.
Longmans, Green, 1945, dust jacket (worn).
[Sidney and Beatrice Webb were socialist economists who co-founded the London School of Economics. In 1922, Sidney was elected Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Seaham in County Durham, winning re-election in 1923 and 1924, before becoming 1st Baron Passfield in 1929. Early members of the Fabian Society, the couple wrote extensively on social reform and Sidney drafted Clause IV for the Labour Party]

Sold for £400
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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