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Sale BK11: Books, Maps and Prints

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Wednesday, 19th March 2014

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Books, Maps and Prints Sale

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Specialist sale of books, prints and maps covering art and art reference books, children's and illustrated books, history, literature, biography, military, naval, travel, topography, science, natural history, reference and sporting books as well as photographs, manuscripts, prints and maps.

This auction has 693 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

There is a great variety in the next Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Books Auction as one would expect. On the 19th March 2014, we are offering such treats as an extensive collection of A & C Black colour plate books which, with their delightful picture cloth covers and illustrations by leading artists, give a world tour of the most charming places for the armchair traveller. The first lot by itself takes us to Malta, Florence, Venice and Brittany (BK11/1).

Bindings are a particular theme in this sale with a particularly charming hand-tooled binding of Edward Lear's More Nonsense (BK11/78) as well as more traditional fine bindings of classic works, for instance a particularly excellently present set of the works of Samuel Johnson (BK11/254 ), another is a fine Bumpus binding on a work illustrating the gardens of Versailles (BK11/13).

Modern first editions are represented also. For instance, there is a first of Fleming's The Spy who Loved Me (BK11/221) as well as number of works by Ted Hughes, including some signed (BK11/248). Topographical work are always a strong pull and there is a good selection in this auction: Illustrated with hand-coloured aquatints, John Franklin's Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea (BK11/376) is a charming work. There a several works on Africa including Selous and Bryden's Travel and Big Game dating from 1897 (BK11/453). Works dealing with Devon and the South West are present, as always. For instance, there is a volume of lithographs of Sidmouth (BK11/454).

One of the stars of the sale is Hogg and Bull's The Herefordshire Pomona (BK11/505) with its beautiful illustrations of apples is estimated at £3,000-£4,500. Lots such as a group of Maoist Chinese revolutionary posters (BK11/574) remind us there have always been troubles in the world, as there are now, which is emphasised by a collection of Russian revolution broadsides (BK11/578) AND EVEN NAPOLEONIC BROADSIDES (BK11/579).

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Richard BearneRichard Bearne

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100