10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 75


Polar Exploration.
A large quantity of books on exploration, predominantly polar exploration, including;
Rymill (John), Southern Lights, The Official Account of the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-1937.
Chatto and Windus, 1938, first edition, plates, folding map, torn and price-clipped dust jacket;
Nansen (Fridtjof), 'Farthest North' Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship Fram 1893-96 ....
Archibald Constable, 1897, first edition, two volumes, plates and maps, original cloth (worn);
Bagshawe (Thomas Wyatt), Two Men in the Antarctic, An Expedition to Graham Land, 1920-1922.
Cambridge University Press, 1939, first edition, plates, folding panoramas, original cloth;
Scoresby (Rev. W.), Journal of a Voyage to Australia and Round the World for Magnetical Research.
Longman Green ... 1859, first edition, portrait frontis, publisher's presentation stamps, orginal cloth;
Anon., Cook's Voyages Round the World, for Making Discoveries towards the North and South Poles.
Manchester: Sowler and Russell, 1799, portrait frontis in facsimile, five plates as called for, modern quarter calf;
Thomson (C. Wyville), The Depths of the Sea. An Account of the General Results of the Dredging Cruises of H.M.SS 'Porcupine' and 'Lightning' ...
Macmillan, 1874, second edition, maps and plates, original cloth;
Scott (Capt. Robert F.), The Voyage of the 'Discovery'.
Macmillan, 1905, two volumes, maps and plates, original cloth.
[not collated]. (qty)

Sold for £1,300
Estimated at £400 - £600


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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