10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 44


Poe (Edgar Allan).
The Bells, and other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac.
Holder and Stoughton, no date [1912], numbered limited edition of 750, signed by the artist, quarto, twenty-eight mounted colour plates, all free of creasing, each with titled tissue guard, endpapers tanned and a little stained, edges tanned, free of inscriptions, top edge gilt, original decorative vellum-gilt binding (lacking fore-edge ties, some dust marking);
Paul, Evelyn (Illustrator), The Romance of Tristram of Lyones and La Beale Isoude. Drawn out of the Celtic French and Illuminated by Evelyn Paul.
George R. Harrap, no date [c.1920], numbered limited edition of thirty-five copies, signed by the artist. 160 pages, two double-sided illuminated frontis, twelve colour plates, significant stain to fore-edge. Top edge gilt, original full vellum gilt binding (stained). (2)

Sold for £550
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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