10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 46


Original Artwork.
An exceptional early nineteenth century scrapbook containing a variety of original artwork and prints. Comprising approximately 43 monochrome prints, 11 coloured prints, 22 pencil sketches, 20 watercolours and 7 sepia wash, as well as two small votives and two silhouettes. Many interesting items including:
Ten good quality botanical illustrations, watercolour and body colour. Various sheet sizes from 230mm x 310mm to 160mm x 180mm;
Six topographical views, mountains, rivers and dwellings, watercolour and body colour;
Two attractive watercolours of Trevaen (Tryfan) from the Waen-oer and Snowdon from Llanberris, 86mm x 113mm and 85mm x 114mm, mounted on hinged cards with script on the reverse, mounts signed J.Parker, 1824;
Several very good quality pencil sketches including portraits, some with crayon;
A silhouette on pencil background signed by Auguste Edouart, 1831;
A small circular river scene, sepia wash, signed S. Rösel (believed to be the German artist, Samuel Rösel, 1768-1843), 86mm diameter;
A pencil portrait of a lady with striking eyes, 96mm x 85mm;
A hand-coloured aquatint of the Thames Tunnel, image 240mm x 260mm;
Two Alpine views after Gabriel Lory: Vue de l’Hospice du Grimsel, hand-coloured aquatint, image 192mm x 282mm, sheet 252mm x 335mm (BM gives date as 1822) and Vue de l’Hospice du St. Bernard, hand-coloured aquatint, image 195mm x 280mm, sheet 252mm x 341mm;
Two small votives with moveable hand coloured flowers revealing icons beneath, Prague: J. Pachmayer, German text, white metal and gilt covers mounted separately;
‘An Indian Gazette’, [1760 or later], hand coloured engraving giving a symbolic account of an Native American expedition during the Seven Years War when the Iroquois sided with the French. Sheet 180mm x 190mm. The print lifts to reveal a printed explanatory table.
All but five items mounted within the album (leaves 282mm x 435mm), contemporary half leather binding with marbled boards (worn, joints splitting, back-strip torn).
Personal inspection highly recommended. Sold on behalf of a Yorkshire branch of Age UK.

Sold for £400
Estimated at £400 - £600


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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