Friday 04 January 2019
Commencing at 12:00pmBedford Auction Centre
Friday 21st December – 9am to 8pm,
Saturday 22nd December – 9am to 4pm,
Thursday 3rd January – 9am to 6pm,
Morning of sale from 9am
In addition to our monthly auctions of Antiques & Collectors’ Items, we have developed a calendar of specialist Book auctions providing a more specific marketplace for vendors and buyers
Our next sale includes
Titles illustrated by Arthur Rackham:
The Springtime of Life – Poems of Childhood – Swinburne
Rip Van Winkle
Alice in Wonderland
Hawthorne’s Wonder Book
Irish Fairy Tales
Little Brother & Little Sister
Titles illustrated by Dulac:
Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z
My Days With the Fairies
Pushkin : The Golden Cockerel
Other illustrated books:
Attwell : The Water Babies
Hudson : Alice in Wonderland
Pogany : Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Johnston’s Royal Atlas 1912
Works of Abraham Cowley 1681
Burton’s Arabian Nights, fine binding in 16 volumes. Kamashtra Society limited edition of 1885/8.
Snetterton Motor Racing Posters 1960/70s
Medieval Manuscript 1435
Sports books, travel & topography, aviation & military, maps & prints, childrens books, modern first editions, historical documents etc.
Included in our next Auction
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ENTRIES INVITED FOR NEXT SALE
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Books, Maps & Ephemera
Autograph Album, probably once the property of Rana Taggart, soprano vocalist, featuring the autographs of some well known 19th./20thC.composers and soloists who have frequently supplemented their signatures with musical notation and verse or prose. Celebrities and soloists included are Humperdinck, Fanny Davies, Joachim, Steinbach, German and Nellie Melba. There are other signtaures which are as yet indistinct. The album also includes some accomplished sketches and water colours together with loose period photgraphs. Together with one other smaller album containig the autograph of Eddie Calvert & others.
Sold for £400
Prisoner of War WW2 Archive. A collection of documents & photos relating to Robert William Chaston, an RAF Pilot Officer whose bomber aircraft was shot down over Germany 23.8.43. He was then held as a Prisoner of War. The archive includes a 'scrap book/album' compiled by his parents during his imprisonment which features official correspondence relating to the loss of his aircraft and his eventual capture, Red Cross letters, official POW correspondence, photos of aircrew and colleagues. Also included is a contemporary map indicating the location of POW camps in Germany.
Sold for £440
William Morris and Company (Ruskin House) Ltd: Metal Casements, Stained Glass, Decorative Ironwork. C. 1923. Folio in a coarse, light brown, buckram binding with a black printed design on the upper boards. Substantial paper and brown card leaves together with glazed pages and colour plates, illustrating available stock in the three categories together with measurements and price lists. Scarce and in very good condition.
Sold for £480
Late Victorian photograph Album, C.1895, featuring the original work of an amateur photographer. Locations include Windsor & other districts in London including the River Thames together with rural areas like Ragdale. Possibly a unique 'period' record of life and times.
Sold for £420
Gary Larson: The Complete Far Side, 2003. 1st. Edition. Signed, limited edition 1890/2000. Vols. 1 & 2, Folio, full maroon leather binding, gilt with colour pictorial onlay, aeg. Signed certificate of limitation bound in as frontis. Colour and black and white cartoon illustrations in chronological sequence 1980 - 1994. Both volumes housed in a two tone fabric lined drop-down box. Published with each set was an additional full-sized colour print signed by Larson with the same limitation number. Scarce and near fine.
Sold for £600
An early 20thC Japanese story book with coloured illustrations, possibly with some hand colouring, concertina in format, 10'' x 7''. Fabric binding and 'pages'.
Sold for £500
Farsi manuscript volume of Poetry, small qto. calf binding with a floral blind-stamped design. The book features the work of the 14th. C Persian poet Hafez which has been beautifully transcribed using the original Farsi script to create an attractive two column page format with decorative calligraphic margins. Together with an additional 8vo volume featuring a printed text in the same script. Both late 19th. C.
Sold for £850
Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, Hodder, . Large qto., original gilt decorated/illustrated cream cloth, teg. Twelve tipped-in colour plates with titled tissue guards, black and white illustrations, decorative historiated initials, decorated endpapers, Limited edition 241/600, signed by Kay Nielsen.
Sold for £1700
Carroll L.: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Nd. C. 1908. 1st.Ed. thus. Illustrated by Harry Rountree. Qto Hb. Gilt titling & colour illus. on cover. Colour plates and vignettes by Rountree. Uncommon/scarce edition.
Sold for £560
Wodehouse P.: First Editions, 2nd. Printings. Summer Lighning, (1929); Very Good Jeeves, (1930); Laughing Gas, (1936); Mr. Mulliner Speaking, (1929); Meet Mr. Mulliner, (1927). First edition date in brackets, interval between 1st. & 2nd. printings varies. All titles with bright, clean dust wrappers which have 2/6 on spine.
Sold for £650
In Powder & Crinoline - Old Fairy Tales - retold by Arthur Quiller - Couch, Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, 1913 - 1st. trade edition. Qto. Recent full calf binding, gilt. Original illus. ep at front. Tipped in colour plates by Nielsen with captioned tissue guards
Sold for £400
Grimms Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham First Edition,1909. Qto. red cloth with gilt pictorial decoration to spine and upper board. Tipped in colour plates with tissue guards & other black plates and vignettes.
Sold for £460
Oscar Wilde: A House of Pomegranates illustrated by Jessie M. King, 1915, first edition thus. Qto. Hb. Blue cloth with orange colour decoration, illus. eps., teg. Glazed paper colour title page, tipped in colour plates, historiated initials.
Sold for £500
C.S. Lewis: Broadcast Talks, 1942. 12mo Hb. Affixed to the front paste-down of the volume is a letter written by Lewis from Magdalen College - '' Dear Mr. Hubble, Forgive this economy of paper, I can't at the moment do otherwise. The Talks will be published, probably by Centenary Press but it is too early yet to give any details. I hope they may be in their Autumn lists. Thanks for kind and encouraging letter, Yours sincerely, C.S. Lewis.''
Sold for £440
Thomas Childs - Engineer & Amateur Photographer: Manuscript 'Chinese' Journal - '' Thos Child's Diary 1869, From September 9th to August 27th. 1870, Containing an account of my voyage from London to Peking.'' Together with: ''The Diary of Thomas Child - Years Residence in China, Vol 1. 1870.'' Two small leather bound volumes (Foolscap 8vo) containing manuscript entries for both accounts
Sold for £6,800
Royal Family & Friends at Sandringham & other Norfolk Locations - photographic archive of 24 monochrome prints dating from 1865 to 1913 (21.5 x 16.5 cm) featuring Royal Family groups, individuals and other nobillity, Sandringham House & Gardens, Runcton Hall, Hardwick Hall Suffolk, and the statue of the Prince of Wales' Horse 'Persimmon.' The photographs derive from original negatives in the possession of a member of the Gurney family (two of whom feature in one photograph) one of whose descendants consigned the archive. Each photograph has an annotated note attached to the back providing information about who or what is featured together with a date.
Sold for £620
An extensive collection of legal documents and ledgers relating to Aldham Hall in Suffolk including Conveyances, Deeds of Surrender, Settlement, Nomination, Covenant, Lease & Assignment etc. Together with four Hadham Hall Court Books featuring contemporary hand-written entries. The date range for the whole archive ranges from the 17th. to the 20th. Century
Sold for £2,300
McCarthy J. H.: A collection of the writer's hand-written diaries, in various formats, for each year from 1886 - 1935. (Individual Diaries for the years 1878, 1880, 1882, 1890, 1894, 1895, & 1933 are not present). Entries include references to accounts of excursions abroad, visits to Galleries, dictation of his work, practise with an air pistol, books bought and read, Theatre outings, visits to a wide range of UK locations, visits to Publishers including Chatto & Kegan Paul, House of Commons, Meetings of the Dramatists' Club, meetings with various celebrities including - Walter Crane, George Meredith, Jerome and Pinero, monetary matters and a wide range of other activities. Some of the entries are very brief, others more extensive. Overall, a wide ranging biographical, literary and historical archive of potential interest to a range of research specialists in a number of fields. Together with a small collection of other miscellaneous note books.
Sold for £1600
The Eagle Comic: A complete run/sequence of this children's publication featuring Vols. 1 to 12 and 48 parts of Vol.13, 1950 - 1962. A private enthusiast's carefully preserved and collated collection reluctantly consigned to auction!
Sold for £600
Dickens C.: The Letters of Charles Dickens, The British Academy Pilgrim Edition, 1965-2002, Clarendon Press, edited by Madelaine House, Graham Storey et al. Complete 1st. Edition set. Royal 8vo. Twelve volumes in original (sleeve protected) dust wrappers. Scarce complete set in near fine condition.
Sold for £500