10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 39


Indian School Miniatures.
Nine Mughal style paintings, comprising:
Three paintings of similar style comprising: A Fight Scene and a Tiger Hunt (both 210mm x 137mm including border); A Group of Men ?smoking and ?drinking (232mm x 145mm). Gouache on paper, gilt skies, printed script above, below and to reverse of each;
A Woman with a Peacock (image 87mm x 60mm), gouache on paper, printed script to all sides and to reverse;
A Couple Seated (image 95mm x 73mm), gouache on paper, printed script above, below and to reverse;
A Couple Kneeling, with two men standing (image 96mm x 71mm), gouache on paper, printed script above, below and on reverse;
Two paintings from the same source, both with Groups of Men Standing (images 133mm x 79mm and 128mm x 77mm), gouache on paper, printed text above, below and on reverse, butterfly design to borders;
A Kneeling Musician playing a stringed instrument with a bow (image 168mm x 97mm), gouache on paper, no script, different style to the above.
All in paper mounts.

Sold for £170
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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