10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 74


Polar Exploration.
Decleir (Hogo) edit., Roald Amundsen's Belgica Diary. The first scientific expedition to the Antarctic.
Bluntisham Books, 1999, first English edition, dust jacket;
Decleir (Hugo) & De Broyer (Claude) edits., The Belgica Expedition Centennial ...
Brussels University Press, 2001, folio, original boards;
Lagerbom (C.H.), The Fifth Man, Henry R. Bowers.
Caedmon of Whitby, 1999, first edition, dust jacket;
Back (June Debenham), The Quiet Land, The Diaries of Frank Debenham, Member of the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913.
Bluntisham Books, 1992, first edition, dust jacket;
Ludecke (Cornelia) & Summerhayes (Colin), The Third Reich in Antarctica, The German Antarctic Expedition, 1938-39.
Bluntisham Books, 2012, first edition, dust jacket;
von Drygalski (Erich), The Southern Ice-Continent, The German South Polar Expedition aboard the Gauss, 1901-1903.
Bluntisham Books, 1989, first English edition, folio, cloth. (6)

Sold for £280
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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