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Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Book

114 Lot Collection

The Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books comprising over 100 Cornish books, including some rare and scarce volumes.

Philip Rashleigh's Specimens of Cornish Minerals from the Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books

Philip Rashleigh's Specimens of Cornish Minerals from the Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books

The Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books totals over 100 lots and includes some rare and scarce volumes. The collection, which includes most of the high points as far as Cornish Books are concerned (ie: Carew, Norden, Borlase, Gilbert and Rashleigh) was amassed from auctions and shops over many years.

One of the highlights of the collection is the wonderful copy of Philip Rashleigh's Specimens of British Minerals (two volumes in one), which is an excellent copy of this early and scarce volume on mineralogy.

Harold Bowden was born in Gunnislake and raised in Callington, Cornwall. Bowden moved to Paignton in the early 1960s to run two family gift shops.

In the mid 1970s, Bowden returned to Looe and it was at this time that he started his 50 year passion that resulted in a substantial library of Cornish books.

It is not known what started Harold Bowden's fascination with Cornish books, but he was very proud of being Cornish and had worked the family tree back to 1750, using only Somerset House, the National Censuses and Kelly’s Directory.

The collection, which includes most of the 'high points' (ie: Carew (first edition), Norden, Borlase, Gilbert, etc) was amassed from auctions and shops, both in the UK and America.

Two of Bowden's uncles emigrated to America to work in the mines and during his retirement, Harold visited them, spending a great deal of time in Michigan.

Bowden remained an avid Cornish book collector until his death in 2009.

Sale Information

BK17: Antiquarian Book Sale
Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot BK17/500

Lot BK17/500: BARNES, RW - The Last Three Sermons, Preached in the Church of Looe, Cornwall

BARNES, RW - The Last Three Sermons, Preached in the Church of Looe, Cornwall original wrappers, 8vo, Truro, 1850; with a book of psalms, and one by John Wesley.

Estimate: £30 - £50
Realised: £60
Lot BK17/501

Lot BK17/501: BARTON, DB - A History of Tin Mining and Smelting in Cornwall

BARTON, DB - A History of Tin Mining and Smelting in Cornwall - illustrated, cloth in d/w, 8vo, 1967; with 19 others on Cornish mining.

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £130
Lot BK17/502

Lot BK17/502: BARTON, DB - The Cornish Beam Engine

BARTON, DB - The Cornish Beam Engine illustrated, cloth in d/w, 8vo, 1965; with 9 others relating to the industrial history of Cornwall.

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £40
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Lot BK17/503: BARTON, RM (Edit) - Life in Cornwall in the ... Nineteenth Century

BARTON, RM (edit) - Life in Cornwall in the ... Nineteenth Century 4 vol set, illustrated, cloth in d/ws, 8vo, Bradford Barton Ltd, 1970-74; with other (modern) books on Cornish life. (box).

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £60
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Lot BK17/504: BISHOP, George - A Pictorial View of Linkinhorne

BISHOP, George - A Pictorial View of Linkinhorne illustrated, original card covers, 4to, Lithiack Press, 1987; with other parish histories in the same series, and several in the Halsgrove town histories series, etc, (mainly East Cornwall). (box).

Estimate: £50 - £75
Realised: £50
Lot BK17/505

Lot BK17/505: BLIGHT, JT - A Week At the Land's End

BLIGHT, JT - A Week at the Land's End fold map, illustrated, original cloth worn, 8vo, first ed, 1861; with 6 others relating to West Cornwall.

Estimate: £20 - £30
Realised: £45
Lot BK17/506

Lot BK17/506: BLIGHT, JT - Ancient Crosses and Other Antiquities, in the West of Cornwall

BLIGHT, JT - Ancient Crosses and other Antiquities, in the West of Cornwall & Ancient Crosses, and other Antiquities in the East of Cornwall, illustrated by the author, matching half calf, marbled boards, 4to, FT Vilbert, Penzance, first editions, 1856 & 1858.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £220
Lot BK17/507

Lot BK17/507: BOASE, George Clement - Collectanea Cornubiensis

BOASE, George Clement - Collectanea Cornubiensis a collection of biographical and topographical notes relating to the county of Cornwall - magnificently rebound in half calf marbled boards, stout 4to, printed for the author (one hundred and thirty copies), Truro, 1890.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £400
Lot BK17/508

Lot BK17/508: BOASE, George Clement & COURTNEY, William Prideaux - Bibliotheca Cornubiensis

BOASE, George Clement & COURTNEY, William Prideaux - Bibliotheca Cornubiensis 3 vols, original cloth re-backed, 4to, 1874-82.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £200
Lot BK17/509

Lot BK17/509: BOND, Thomas - Topographical and Historical Sketches of the Boroughs of East and West Looe

BOND, Thomas - Topographical and Historical Sketches of the Boroughs of East and West Looe map, 5 lithograph plates, rebound in full calf, 8vo, 1823.

Estimate: £220 - £300
Realised: £240
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