10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 50


Trials and Law Reports
The Tryals and Condemnation of Thomas White, alias Whitebread, Provincial of the Jesuits in
England, William Harcourt, Pretended Rector of London, John Fenwick, Procurator for the Jesuits
in England, John Gavin alias Gwen, And Anthony Turner, All Jesuits and Priests; for High Treason,
in Conspiring the Death of the King ….
H. Hills, T. Pankhurst et al., 1679, folio, [2], 92, 89-95 pages, register continuous, appears to lack
A1, possibly an Imprimatur or blank, some staining, later cloth-backed boards;
Hone, The Three Trials of William Hone, for Publishing Three Parodies; viz The Late John Wilkes’s
Catechism, The Political Litany, and The Sinecurist’s Creed ….
William Hone, 1818, [4], 48, 48, 44, 28 pages, each part with title page, the last section partly
unopened, ink spot to several pages, worn boards;
with twenty-seven others. (29)

Sold for £250
Estimated at £100 - £200


Hone: 1st Trial - 15th edition; 2nd Trial - 13th edition; 3rd Trial - 9th edition; Trial by Jury - 3rd edition.


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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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