2024 looks set to be another exciting year of sales, with several important collections already in the pipeline. We begin the year with the second portion of the Library of the late Christopher Foyle, of Beeleigh Abbey, following on from the success of the first portion in September 2023. Taking place on January 31st this sale will include further early manuscripts and rare texts, including a small attractive Italian manuscript volume bound in 18th-century red morocco of Cicero’s Rhetorica Nova dated 1st November 1490. A fine folio 16th-century Spanish manuscript with two fine full-page illuminated designs, a wonderful series of Cosway bindings from the mid-20th-century, as well as a fine association copy of H. G. Well’s Invisible Man (1897), inscribed by the author to William Foyle, founder of Foyles Book Shop.

Our two-day March sale will offer a fine section of Natural History books, including a large collection of works by Charles Darwin, including first and early editions of his major works. An 1860 second edition of Origin of Species in its iconic bright original green cloth will be offered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. Further early natural history works will be well represented, including a 1653 first edition of Ralph Austen’s A Treatise of Fruit-Trees… Togeather with The Spirituall vse of an Orchard, and De La Quintinye’s 1693 The Compleat Gard’ner, or Directions for Cultivating and Right Ordering of Fruit-Gardens, translated by John Evelyn.

We look forward to seeing our customers for these sales and many others in the year to come!