10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 53


King (Edward).
Munimenta Antiqua; or, Observations on Antient Castles. Including Remarks on the Whole Progress of Architecture, Ecclesiastical, as well as Military, in Great Britain …. Volumes I-IV.
Printed by W. Bulmer for G. Nicol, February 1799; November 1801; March 1804. Four large folio volumes bound as two, [4], xxxii, 326, [2], 327-345, [13]; [4], iv, 289, [15]; [4], vi, 270, [12]; [2], vi, 23-279, [17], 35, [15] pages, volume IV lacking title and pages before page 23. 167 plates as called for, several folding, three coloured, water staining to some plates and pages, modern half calf bindings (a little scuffed).

Sold for £250
Estimated at £100 - £200


Marginal tanning/staining, heavier water staining, particularly to early parts of volume II and III and plates VII/2, VII/3 and VII/4 of volume I. Tape repair to volume II half title, repaired tear to R1 of volume II, tear to C1 of volume III.


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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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