10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 61


[Sterne (Laurence)].
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Volumes I - IX.
R. & J. Dodsley, 1763-61, T. Becket & P.A. Dehondt/Dehont, 1767-65-67, nine volumes, first two volumes state ‘Fifth Edition’, volume III & V, ’Second Edition’ , frontis, [6], 179, frontis, [1]; 184; 3-202 (including marbled paper leaf); [4], 146, 156-220, [1] (text and register continuous); [6], 150; [4], 155 [1]; [2], 160; [2], 156; [8], 145, [1] pages. Previous owner’s name to beginning of text in each volume, contemporary calf gilt, (restoration to spines);
idem, The Sermons of Mr Yorick, Volumes I - IV, Sermons by The Late Rev. Mr Sterne, Vol V - VII.
R. and J. Dodsley, 1760; T. Becket & P.A. De Hondt, 1766; W. Strahan, T. Cadell et al. 1769, seven volumes, first two volumes state ‘Second Edition’, portrait frontis (counted as first leaf), xi, [9], 203, [1]; 216; [32], 192; [4], 207, [1]; [28], 172; [4], 174; [4], 160 pages, contemporary calf;
[Sterne (Laurence)] and [Stevenson (John Hall)], A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick. Volumes I & II [with] Yorick’s Sentimental Journey, Continued. To Which is Prefixed, Some Account of the Life and Writings of Mr Sterne. Volumes III & IV.
T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1768 and S. Blaydon, 1769, four volumes, small octavo, [2], 203; [2], 208; xviii, 144, 161-166; [2], 175 pages, contemporary calf gilt (volume I skilfully re-backed retaining original labels and back-strip gilt);
Sterne [Laurence], Letters from York to Eliza and Sterne’s Lettersto his Friends on Various Occasions to which is added his Watch Coat.
Dublin: R. Steuart, 1776, two volumes bound as one, duodecimo in sixes, [2], 62, 61-140 pages, worn calf binding, upper board detached. (21)

Sold for £850
Estimated at £200 - £400


Shandy - staining to endpaper edges, occasional spotting or light staining, a little dust marking, top edges dust marked.

Sermons - Occasional foxing spots, a little text offsetting in places, edge-stained endpapers, top edges dust marked. Spines rubbed, wear to three spine heads, restoration to others, small cracks to several joints.

Journey - Occasional foxing. Some print offsetting in volume I. Gather L not present in volume III, however text appears continuous. Small hole in head margin of K2 (vol III), one joint starting.

Letters - bookplate and staining to endpapers, light foxing, a few closed tears.


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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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