10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 36


Bewick (Thomas and John).
[Bell (John Gray)*], A Descriptive and Critical Catalogue of Works, Illustrated by Thomas and John Bewick, Wood Engravers, of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; with an Appendix of their Miscellaneous Engravings, Brief Sketches of their Lives, and Notices of the Pupils of Thomas Bewick.
John Gray Bell, 1851, large paper subscriber’s copy, folio in fours, viii, 77 pages plus 8 page errata and addenda loosely inserted (including portrait of Rev. Farrer), 382mm x 273mm, three plates, manuscript note by the publisher to front pastedown ‘Subscription Copy, Large Paper. No 6. J.G.B.’ ‘Bookplate’ of Joseph Cowen, faded original cloth gilt, front hinge split, offsetting to title page of a portrait not present. As Bell was known to add illustrations to customers' requirements, an authoritative collation has not been found. This copy is therefore sold as described.
[*Sometimes attributed to E.J. Selwyn, see Roscoe p.xxi].
[Sir Joseph Cowen 1800-1873, born in Greenside, County Durham. Colliery owner having inherited Blaydon Burn. Elected Liberal MP for Newcastle at the 1865 election. Buried in Winlaton]

Sold for £120
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.


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