10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 34


HM Queen Elizabeth II - Royal Ephemera
Christmas Card 1959, signed Elizabeth R and Philip, dated, autograph or autopen, photographic
illustration of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with Prince Charles and Princess Anne in a
garden setting;
Christmas Card 1961, signed Elizabeth R and Philip, dated, autograph or autopen, illustration of
Rubens painting;
Royal Household Social Club, Buckingham Palace, Programme for 20th December 1954, signed
by Sydney Lipton, who’s Orchestra performed at the event (Staff Christmas Ball) with four tickets;
Royal Household Social Club, Buckingham Palace, Programme for 15th December 1948;
Royal Household Social Club, Buckingham Palace, Programme for 18th December 1956;
Four photographs of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother), three with the then
Prince Charles and two also with Princess Anne;
Two sheets of Buckingham Palace headed paper.

Sold for £550
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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