10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 73


Polar Exploration.
Bull (Colin) & Wright (Pat F.) edits.
Silas. The Antarctic Diaries and Memoir of Charles S. Wright.
Ohio State University Press, 1992, numbered limited edition of 150 copies, signed by the editors, cloth, slipcase;
Wilson (D.M.) & Elder (D.B.), Cheltenham in Antarctica, the Life of Edward Wilson.
Reardon Publishing, 2000, numbered limited edition of 500, signed by the authors, bonded leather binding with inset portrait, slipcase;
Ludecke (Cornelia) & Summerhayes (Colin), The Third Reich in Antarctica, The German Antarctic Expedition, 1938-39.
Bluntisham Books, 2012, signed by one of the authors, dust jacket;
Mills (Leif), Frank Wild.
Caedmon of Whitby, 1999, first edition, signed by the author, dust jacket;
Skelton (J.V.) & Wilson (D.M.), Discovery Illustrated, Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition.
Reardon Publishing, 2001, Centenary Edition, folio, signed by the authors, dust jacket.

Sold for £250
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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