10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 79


Whales and Whaling.
Markham (Albert Hastings), A Whaling Cruise to Baffin’s Bay and the Gulf of Boothia and an Account of the Rescue of the Crew of the ‘Polaris’.
Sampson Low, Marston …, 1875, second edition, plates as called for, original cloth gilt;
Bullen (Frank T.), The Cruise of the ‘Cachalot’, Round the World After Sperm Whales.
Smith Elder, 1898, first edition, folding map and plates as called for, original cloth gilt;
Struthers (John), Memoir on the Anatomy of the Humpback Whale ...
Edinburgh: MacLachlan and Stewart, 1889, reprint from the ‘Journal of Anatomy and Physiology’, six lithographic plates, presentation slip ‘From the author’, original cloth;
Beale (Thomas), The Natural History of the Sperm Whale …. To which is added, A Sketch of a South-Sea Whaling Voyage …
Holland Press, 1973, facsimile edition, dust jacket;
Elliott (Gerald), A Whaling Enterprise, Salvesen in the Antarctic.
Michael Russell, 1998, first edition, dust jacket;
With Fifteen Others. [not collated]. (20)

Sold for £400
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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