10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 78


Polar Exploration.
Ross (Sir John)
, Narrative Of A Second Voyage In Search Of A North-West Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions During the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. [with] Appendix to the Narrative …
A. W. Webster, 1835, two large quarto volumes, possibly large paper copies, Narrative volume: large folding map (torn), twenty-seven (of thirty) plates, six coloured or tinted, Appendix volume: twenty plates, twelve coloured or tinted. Foxing, re-backed cloth bindings with original spine labels laid down;
Another copy, two quarto volumes (smaller than the first set), the Narrative volume with large folding map (torn), thirty plates as called for, three coloured or tinted (which are three of the four plates missing from the first set, none of the plates coloured in the first set are coloured in this one, frontis detached but present), Appendix volume: twenty plates, twelve coloured or tinted. Foxing, original cloth, joints of Narrative volume splitting. Abbey Travel 636.

Sold for £180
Estimated at £200 - £400


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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