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The Michael Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection

83 Lot Collection

The Michael Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection is a very interesting single-owner collection of art and poetry books from the library of the late St Ives artist Michael Snow.

The Michael Seward Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection was assembled by the late artist.

The Michael Seward Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection was assembled by the late artist.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to be offering the library of the late Michael Seward Snow in 83 lots, which is currently the property of Justin Snow, the son of the deceased.

With no formal training, Michael Snow showed an early interest in poetry, literature and the arts at school in Rugby and as a librarian in Manchester and with Tony Connor and Malcolm Bishop, he founded the Peterloo Group in Manchester.

After seeing an exhibition of St Ives artists in Liverpool, including Alexander Mackenzie, Snow moved there in 1951. Two years later, he was elected member of the newly found Penwith Society along with Hepworth and Nicholson.

Snow was particularly enamoured with the lyrical literacy of John Wells, Wilhelmina Barns Graham, Alex Mackenzie, George Dannatt and Ben Nicholson. His work continued to change and evolve; his 1960s works bearing more resemblance to the painterly expressionism of Bryan Winter, Terry Frost and Roger Hilton.

By the 1970s, Snow's personal interest in science, ranging from mineralogy to cosmology, resulted in works such as Sun & Moon and Blue Planet. From 1965 to 1985, Snow entered the field of education. He taught at the vibrant Exeter College of Art where he became Director of the Combined Honours Course. His interdisciplinary openness made him an instant hit with his students.

Michael Seward Snow, painter and teacher, born Manchester 27th June 1930, died at Hillerton Cross, Devon, 15th July 2012.

With recognition to Peter Davies from whose obituary in The Independent extracts are included in the above.

Sale Information

BK10: Books, Maps and Prints
Wednesday, 21st August 2013
Dowell Street, Honiton

Lots from the Collection

Lot BK10/1

Lot BK10/1: ADAMS, Robert

ADAMS, Robert Grieve, Alastair. Robert Adams 1917-1984. Illust, card covers, 4to, Tate Gallery, 1992; with others, mainly catalogues relating to Adams and twentieth century sculpture.

Estimate: £20 - £40
Realised: £65
Lot BK10/2

Lot BK10/2: BARKER, George - Poems

BARKER, George - Poems original cloth in d/w, 8vo, Faber, 1935; with 10 others by George Barker; 3 by CA Trypanis; 5 by Norman Nicholson.

Estimate: £50 - £80
Realised: £65
Lot BK10/3

Lot BK10/3: BECKETT, Samuel - Molloy

BECKETT, Samuel - Molloy original decorative wrappers, 8vo, the Olympia Press, Paris, 1955; with 7 others by Beckett, and Harold Pinter.

Estimate: £50 - £100
Realised: £140
Lot BK10/4

Lot BK10/4: BERLIN, Sven - The Coat of Many Colours

BERLIN, Sven - The Coat of Many Colours cloth in d/w, 8vo, Redcliffe, presentation copy, 1994; with 3 exhibition catalogues, a booklet, 'Who Wrote Joke Grim?' plus various correspondence, newspaper cuttings, etc.

Estimate: £100 - £200
Realised: £500
Lot BK10/5

Lot BK10/5: BIRD, Michael - Bryan Wynter

BIRD, Michael - Bryan Wynter Illust, cloth in d/w, 4to, Lund Humphries, 2010; with other books, exhibition catalogues, invitations relating to Bryan Winter, and John Wells (some in duplicate).

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £75
Lot BK10/6

Lot BK10/6: BRAQUE, Georges

BRAQUE, Georges Golding, John. Braque the Late Works. Illust, cloth in d/w, 4to, 1997. Russell, John. G Braque. Illust, cloth in d/w, 4to, 1959. Danchev, Alex. Georges Braque a Life. Illust, cloth in d/w, 8vo, 2005; with 4 others relating to Braque.

Estimate: £30 - £50
Realised: £65
Lot BK10/7

Lot BK10/7: BRETT, Simon - An Engraver's Globe Wood Engraving World-wide in the Twenty-first Century

BRETT, Simon - An Engraver's Globe wood engraving world-wide in the twenty-first century illustrated, cloth in d/w, 4to, Primrose Hill Press, 2002; with ... Hayter, SW - New Ways of Gravure Illus, cloth in d/w, 4to, OUP, 1966; with 14 other books on woodcuts, photography, and the art of illustration, etc.

Estimate: £30 - £60
Realised: £65
Lot BK10/8


BYZANTIUM & MEDIEVAL ART HISTORY a quantity of books on the history of art.

Estimate: £30 - £60
Realised: £170
Lot BK10/9

Lot BK10/9: CAUSLEY, Charles - Johnny Alleluia

CAUSLEY, Charles - Johnny Alleluia cloth in d/w, 8vo, Hart-Davis, 1961; with 5 others by Charles Causley & Jack Clemo.

Estimate: £20 - £30
Realised: £20
Lot BK10/10

Lot BK10/10: CEZANNE Machotka, Pavel - Cezanne Landscape Into Art

CEZANNE Machotka, Pavel - Cezanne Landscape into Art, cloth in d/w, 4to, Yale University Press, 1996. Kendall, Richard (ed) - Drawings, paintings, writings Cezanne by Himself, cloth in d/w, 4to, Macdonald Orbis, 1988; with 11 others on Cezanne.

Estimate: £40 - £80
Realised: £40
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