10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 87


Photographs - Travel, Colonial Life and Earthquake.
An interesting collection of photographs and ephemera in two albums, comprising:
Travel, Large photographs of
Gibraltar (3); Malta (5, some by H. Agius); Egypt including Port Said, Alexandria, the Nile and Suez Canal (23, some by Zangaki); Aden (4); Somali Boys (1); Ceylon (3); Hong Kong (3); the Adriatic (2); Greece (6, one by B. Borri); Palermo (10); Naples and Pompei (5, including by Brogi);
Various sizes including 275mm x 215mm, 270mm x 205mm, 137mm x 280mm, etc.;
A photograph of H.M.S. Bruizer and two of Naval Officers;
Three family photographs;
Naval Engineering exam results for Mr Edwards.
Earthquake, ‘Santeago after the Earthquake’. Sixteen photographs of the destruction in Santiago.
Sizes include 115mm x 155mm, 160mm x 115mm and 112mm x 150mm;
Colonial Life, Thirty-five photographs of farm-building and forest clearance in ‘Cuiqiie’ or ‘Coiqiie’, possibly Chile.
Variety of sizes including 120mm x 170mm, 110mm x 155mm, 155mm x 200mm;
A list of ships served on from 1887 to 1906;
A copy of The ‘Wei-hai-wei’ Gazette, No 236 (11th August 1902), Naval Depot Liu Kung Tau [Port Edward, China].
Mounted in two identical folio albums, well worn half roan bindings, lacking back-strips, one board detached). (2)

Sold for £280
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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