10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 95


Magic, Prophecy, Hermetics and the Occult.
Bennett (Sir
Ernest), Apparitions and Haunted Houses, A Survey of Evidence.
Faber and Faber, August 1939, first edition, foxing to endapers, contents VG, original cloth (spine slightly faded, top edge dust marked).
Grant (Kenneth & Steffi), Hidden Lore, The Carfax Monographs.
Skoob, 1989, numbered limited edition of 1000, folio, ten mounted colour plates, Fine, original cloth gilt.
Vaughan (Thomas) & Waite (Arthur Edward), The Magical Writings of Thomas Vaughan …
George Redway, 1888, first edition thus, large taped repair to page 5, marginal tears, tanning, front endpaper split at hinge, Perkins Collection bookplate, original cloth dust marked with darkened spine;
Gettings (Fred), Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils.
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981, first edition, ex public library copy from the collection of the author, dust jacket;
Barrett (Francis), The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer, Being a Complete System of Occult Philosophy .... Volumes 1 - 9.
Helios, 1964-66, numbered limited edition of 200, nine volumes, illustrated, original cloth-backed boards (some foxing to covers and edges);
Steiner (Dr. Rudolf), A small collection of lectures given in 1924, typescript with colour illustrations, a 'Private Manuscript' for members of the Anthroposophical Society, worn wraps;
with a small quantity of others.
[Provenance - The Fred Gettings Library]. (qty)

Sold for £2,200
Estimated at £500 - £800


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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