10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 80


Whales and Whaling.
Scoresby (William).
An Account of the Arctic Regions, with a History and Description of the Northern Whale-Fishery.
Edinburgh: Archibald Constable .., 1820, first edition, two volumes, xx, 551, [1], 82; viii, 574 pages plus advert leaf, three folding tables, twenty four plates including folding chart and two folding frontispieces, extensive corner turning to volume I which also has some intelligent annotation in erasable pencil, dust marked edges, particularly the top edges, original boards (spines worn and cracked, upper board detached from volume I);
idem, Journal of A Voyage to the Northern Whale-Fishery; including Researches and Discoveries on the Eastern Coast of West Greenland made in the Summer of 1822, in the Ship Baffin of Liverpool.
Edinburgh: Archibald Constable .., 1823, first edition, xliv, 472 pages, seven of eight plates (lacking first chart), some corner turning and annotation in erasable pencil, dust marked top edge, original boards (spine worn and cracked);
Scoresby (Rev. William), Memorials of the Sea. My Father: Being Records of the Adventurous Life of the Late William Scoresby, Esq. of Whitby.
Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1851, first edition, viii, 232 pages, may lack a portrait*, [bound with]
idem, Memorials of the Sea. Sabbaths in the Arctic Regions.
Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1850, second edition, viii, 155, [1] pages, dust marked top edge, endpapers splitting at hinge, original cloth original cloth.
[*Copac calls for a portrait, however this appears uncommon, all copies previously examined and those found currently in commerce also lack this.]

Sold for £480
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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