10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 70


Fielding (Xan).
The Stronghold, An Account of the Four Seasons in The White Mountains of Crete.
Secker & Warburg, 1953, first edition, frontis and plates as called for, map endpapers, dust jacket (priced 21s.);
idem, Hide and Seek, The Story of a War-time Agent.
Secker & Warburg, 1954, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author on half title, additionally signed on the title page, plates as called for, map endpapers, dust jacket (priced 15s.).
[Major Xan Fielding, DSO, CdeG., was a Special Operations Executive agent in WWII, serving in Crete (with Patrick Leigh Fermor), France and the Far East.]

Sold for £350
Estimated at £100 - £200


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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