10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 86


A collection of photographs in two albums:
Album 1 - An interesting collection of large photographs, believed 19th century, including approx. 25 photographs of Japan, Macau, Hong Kong, etc. some with titles including: ‘H4 Picking Tea Leaves; Q80 Saruhashi, Koshu; H40 View of Miyajima; B71 Matsushima, Inland Sea …; 737 View of otoik [Kyoto] City. (twelve coloured, sizes include 200mm x 265mm; 205mm x 258mm; 205mm x 268mm, etc. removable from album, a couple with corner creasing) an image of a group of tennis players (monochrome, 206mm x 271mm); four interiors of a house (monochrome 210mm x 285/280mm); two views of a ?colonial settlement, (sepia 223mm x 283/285mm). Photograph of a school loosely inserted. Worn half morocco album;
Album 2 - Record of a ‘Round the World’ cruise on board R.M.S. Rangitiki (New Zealand Line), leaving London, January 1934, crossing the Atlantic to Jamaica, through the Panama Canal to the Pitcairn Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Ceylon, Suez, returning to Southampton May 1934.
Approx 137 monochrome photographs, generally mounted two or three to the page with manuscript descriptions below, various sizes including 95mm x 142mm, 142mm x 88mm, 80mm x 112mm, etc. Cloth album. (2)

Sold for £300
Estimated at £150 - £250


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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