Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Vinyl Records & CDs

Wednesday 11 August 2021


August 11th is the date for our latest general sale of Printed Books, Maps, Topographical Views and Drawings, the majority of which will be offered at affordable estimates and without reserve. The sale will include a range of 19th century plate books on travel and topography, including Robert Southey’s account of the life of the Duke of Wellington published in its Dublin imprint of 1816, and bound in attractive contemporary blindstamped green full morocco.

Also on offer will be further illustrated books of the late 19th and 20th centuries, principally from a private Gloucestershire collection, including John Piper’s Stowe (1983), in a copy set aside for the artist himself, various publications of the Fleece Press (including the Inward Laugh, Edward Bawden and His Circle, 2005, Ravilious At War, and Ravilious: Landscape, Letters & Design, 2008 and Claughton Pellew, 1987).

One further feature of this sale is a fine selection of vinyl recordings and CDs of classical, jazz, psychedelic and popular music, including rare records such as Anja Thauer's original 1966 German first stereo pressing on the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft (DGG) record label featuring Max Reger "Suite for Violoncello Solo No 3" and Jean Françaix "Fantasy for Violoncello and Piano" (SLPM 138990), several rare records from the popular Decca SXL-series featuring Ruggiero Ricci, several records from the Columbia SAX-series, a selection of Beatles and Rolling Stones records, several interesting quantity lots and an eclectic mix of electronica and psychedelic music by bands such as Porcupine Tree, Shpongle, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Dream Theater, Chromagnon, Turisas and others.



Printed Books, Maps & Documents, 20th Century Photography

Wednesday & Thursday 8/9 September 2021


Our autumn season commences with a rich diet of early printed books and manuscripts, historic bindings and rare early printed maps, from a number of significant private collections.

Amongst many important European and British maps (to include eight first issues or civil war editions of Christopher Saxton’s groundbreaking county maps) is one of the first available printed maps produced of the British Isles, the Tabula Prima d Europa, Florence [1482] by Francesco Berlinghieri (1440-1501), the only edition in which the projection follows Ptolemy's original grid, based on equidistant parallels and meridians. Printed on thick laid paper in its original uncoloured state the map is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

Manuscript items to be offered include a remarkable illustrated volume of Biblical meditations and verses by Robert Dodsley (1662-1749), father of the poet, playwright  and publisher of the same name (who was also a close friend of Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson).  The volume has  remained in the ownership of  the original family for over 300 years, and is therefore on the market for the first time in its history. Comprising  198 pages of copperplate manuscript in brown ink, and with 16 original watercolours, including 10 with overlays, this beautiful volume carries an estimate of £3,000-5,000. The elder Robert Dodsley was schoolmaster at the Free School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. According to the Dictionary of National Biography Dodsley was a little deformed man who, having been married twice with a large family, was married a third time in 1737 at the age of 75 to a girl of 17, Sarah Daykyne, daughter of the Steward of Mansfield.

As might be expected various editions of the Bible feature in this sale, and will include a 1616 English Bible published by Robert Barker, the first small folio edition of King James' version, printed in roman type. This volume was the earliest edition to receive any considerable revision. The volume is complete with woodcut general and New Testament titles, a full-page woodcut of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, and is complemented with John Speed's genealogies and his double-page woodcut map of the Holy Land. The volume contains a late 17th century ownership inscription 'Robert Collier his booke, March the 31 1695’. Bound in 18th century calf, the estimate is £1500-2000.

A number of 16th century English texts attest to the religious upheavals that dominated the Tudor era, including Miles Coverdale’s Certain most godly, fruitful, and comfortable letters of such true Saintes and holy Martyrs of God, as in the late bloodye persecution here within this Realme, gave their lyves for the defence of Christes holy gospel:written in the tyme of theyr affliction and cruell imprysonment, Imprinted at London by John Day, 1564 (Estimate £2,000-3,000).

Other highlights of the sale include the Gallery of Fashion, volumes 1-6 (of 9) by Nikolaus Wilhelm Von Heideloff (1761-1839), published between 1794 and 1800, which includes 144 hand-coloured engraved plates of costume. This work (which has an auction estimate of £2,000-3,000) has been described as the most splendid of English costume books, and the first real venture in this country of a periodical devoted to the changing taste in dress.  One of the most beautiful books on costume ever published, it is also one of the finest examples of coloured aquatint as applied to fashion plates.

Another extremely rare fashion periodical published by Madame Lanchester will also be included in the sale. The periodical Miroir de la Mode of 1803-1804 contains 30 hand-coloured plates and has seldom been offered at auction, with only two occasions found in the past 80 years. Estimate is £700-1,000.

Plate books include Thomas Pennant’s British Zoology. Class I. Quadrupeds. II. Birds. Published Under the Inspection of the Cymmrodorion Society..., J. and J. March, [1761] - 1766. The work contains 130 (of  132) uncoloured etched plates by Mazell after Paillou, and is bound in skillfully restored contemporary tree calf. One of the most eminent British ornithologists of the 18th century, Pennant’s British Zoology was regarded as the first attempt to portray the panoply of British mammals and birds, many of them in a life-size format. The plates are very fine, but the excessive expense  of Pennant's endevours resulted in relatively little return.


The September auction also includes a section of 20th-Century Photographs & Photobooks from various vendors, a great many from the collection of Dr Richard Sadler FRPS (1927-2020). Sadler is recognised as an important post-war figure in the British photography scene as photographer, journal editor and teacher. He is known for documenting the reconstruction of his home town, Coventry, following the war, and for his association with
Belgrade Theatre from 1958 until 1994.

For many years he taught photography at Derby College of Art (later University of Derby), and the collection includes photographs by fellow professionals and students as well as some by himself. Included from the archive is a full series of photographs of housing conditions in Birmingham and London taken by Bill Brandt for the Bournville Village Trust during the war and printed by Sadler for exhibition purposes with Bill Brandt's cooperation in the 1990s. Sadler's best-known photograph, (which he used on his business card), is of the famous American photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig) whom he photographed when visiting Coventry in 1963. His photographs are held in a number of international collections including The Royal Photographic Society Collection, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Centre for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.