10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 58


Clarendon (Edward, Earl of).
The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641 ...
Oxford, printed at the Theater, 1702-03-04, first edition, three large-paper folio volumes (printed in fours), portrait frontis to each, [4], xxiii, [1], 557, [1]; [16], 581, [1]; [24], 603, [23] pages, page size 437mm x 280mm; 452mm x 280mm and 445mm x 280mm. Contemporary panelled sprinkled calf (re-backed, joint cracks in places). ESTC N9847, N9850, T147811.
idem, The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon, Lord High Chancellor of England ……Written by Himself.
Oxford: Clarendon Printing House, 1759, large folio, possibly large paper copy, page size 452mm x 285mm, portrait frontis, [8], 133, [3], 523, [13] pages, worn contemporary calf gilt.

Sold for £420
Estimated at £200 - £300


Vol I: water stain to lower margin corner, occasional spotting, some age toning, marginal tear to F4, gutter gaping after half-title which is a little pulled. Some restoration to head and tail of spine but front joint cracking.
Vol II, small stain to 3H4, occasional spotting, lower corner stain to later leaves, nibbled fore-edge of last few leaves, gutter gaping after half title.
Vol III, water stain to A4, occasional spotting, dust marking to head margin in places, .
Life - occasional dust marking to head margins.


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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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