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Rare Books Auction: English Civil War

Posted on Roger Collicott's Blog

The next Antiquarian Book Auction on 6th September 2017 includes an extensive collection of English Civil War Books.

The English Civil War was vastly complex in origins - with high taxation, religious issues, the rise of the middle class and Charles I's obstinate adherence to the Divine Right of Kings amongst the triggers. The war involved the British Isles in the most terrible internecine carnage for some years, pitting father against son, brother against brother and friend against friend. These dramatic events saw not only the execution of a king by his own people but the rise of the outstanding leader Oliver Cromwell who replaced Charles I as supreme leader.

The Chronology of events was as follows:-

1642 The Earl of Essex made Lord General

1642 The King raised his standard at Nottingham, marking the start of the Civil War

1642 Battle of Edgehill

1643 1st Battle of Newbury

1644 Battle of Cheriton

1644 Battle of Cropredy Bridge

1644 Battle of Marston Moor

1644 Surrender of York

1645 Fairfax is instated as C in C of the New Model Army

1645 Battle of Naseby

1645 Sack of Basing House

1646 Royalists sign articles of surrender of Oxford

1647 The King seized at Holdenby

1647 The King is transferred to the Isle of Wight

1649 Execution of King Charles I; the beginning of the Interregnum or Commonwealth period.

1650 Cromwell is made Lord-General

1651 Battle of Worcester; Charles II escapes abroad

1653 Cromwell becomes Lord-Protector

1658 Death of Cromwell

1660 Charles II's return to London; marking the beginning of the restoration

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This article was originally published on Roger Collicott's Blog on Thu, 25 May 2017 09:41:50 GMT.

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Roger Collicott has an ingrained passion for books, having been bought up with a background in printing.

On leaving school, it seemed that a career in the printing trade was almost inevitable. Roger served a six year apprenticeship at the prestigious WS Cowells in Ipswich before changing careers and moving to St Ives in Cornwall, where he developed skills as a leather craftsman, exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition of the highly regarded Cornwall Crafts Association.

Roger went on to have a successful career selling his craft work all over the World. While in St Ives, he developed a keen interest in the St Ives School of Artists and befriended a number of the artists. He has built up an extensive library of reference books relating to them over the years.

Roger is also a passionate collector of maps, focussing on Cornwall, but has developed an extensive knowledge of antique maps in general.

Roger became the book consultant at our predecessor firm of Hampton & Littlewood in 2002, where he was responsible for the sale of a number of important collections, including the Ron Morris Optical Toy and Moveable Image Collection, the Janet Hill Collection of Costume and Fashion Books and the Eileen Oates Collection of Cornish Books to name a few.

Since the the formation of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, he has helped to build one of the few dedicated specialist auction book departments in the West Country, capable of handling all printed materials, books, maps, manuscripts and early photography.

Roger Collicott now lives in the heart of Dartmoor. Moving from collecting to selling is a small step. Roger has been retailing books, maps and prints for well over thirty years, these days with a strong online presence. A keen footballer when younger, he has swapped codes and is now more often found following Exeter Chiefs on a Saturday, when not trekking across his beloved moor with his two dogs.

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