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Two Volume Set of Books Sells for £365,000

Two Volume set of books sells for £365,000 in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Antiquarian Book Auction, Exeter, Devon.

The rare set of volumes by Richard Hakluyt sold for £365,000 (BK25/565).

The rare set of volumes by Richard Hakluyt sold for £365,000 (BK25/565).

The highlight of the Antiquarian Book Sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on 7th/8th December 2021 was three rare volumes (bound in two) by Richard Hakluyt titled The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or Over-Land, to the remote and furthest distant quarters of the Earth and dating from 1599/1600. Unusually, the folding map of the world (often missing) was present and although in a delicate state, it didn't deter prospective purchasers from all corners of the globe.

With twelve telephone lines booked, competition was fierce and it was clear this rare set was going to exceed expectations and it didn’t disappoint. The battle lasted for over 10 minutes with the hammer finally falling at £365,000.

Three volumes bound as two by Richard Hakluyt (BK25/565). p contained within the volumes by Richard Hakluyt (BK25/565).


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