Published 18th February 2019
As always, the Antiquarian Book Auction offers something to suit everyone's interests. Within the Art and Art Reference section of the auction there is a five volume Memorial Edition Set of Thomas Bewick's Works (BK21/241). This is a limited edition of 750 copies and is estimated at £250-£350.
In the Children's and Illustrated section, one of the highlights is a copy of Lothar Meggendorfer's Princess Rose-Petal and Her Adventures – A Moveable Toy Book (BK21/266a). Imagine the delight for the child who was originally the lucky owner of the wonderful moveable book, which is inviting bids of £500-£1,000.
Also within the same section of the sale is a peep view Lane's Telescopic View of the Ceremony of Her Majesty Opening the Great Exhibition of all Nations Designed by Rawlins (BK21/270). This hand coloured lithograph in five sections and incorporating the inside rear and front cover in the design is expected to fetch £150-£250.
Most book auctions contain a bible or two and this is no exception, with a copy of the Bible translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke by Christopher Barker 1583 (BK21/298) inviting bids of £800-£1,200.
A Folio Society Edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (BK21/351) in full natural coloured gilt Nigerian goatskin limited to 100 copies and dated 2003 is estimated at £200-£300.
One of the highlights of the Literature section of the auction is a set of three volumes of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles (BK21/366), dated 1891, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £400-£600, whilst Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekylle and Mr Hyde (BK21/428) has an estimate of £200-£300.
In the travel and topography section, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent by Edward Hasted (BK21/506) in 12 volumes is estimated at £500-£700.
In the Science and Natural History section, Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection (BK21/551), dated 1860, is being offered at £1,250-£1,500, whilst John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plants (BK21/561) with upwards of 2,750 botanical woodcuts and dated 1636 is estimated at £300-£500.
In total, there are approximately 450 lots of books on offer in the Antiquarian book auction. The books will be sold not before 12:30pm, following on from the Philip Banham Collection of Optical Toys, Optical Prints and Stereoscopic, which commences at 10:00am.