Auction Preview

Wednesday & Thursday 19/20 June 2024

 
The June sale at Dominic Winter Auctioneers has something to tempt even the most discerning eye. More than 900 lots will be offered over two days containing everything from a first edition of The Cat in the Hat (lot 615) to Sebastien Franck’s 1561 mystical treatise on the tree of knowledge of good and evil (lot 250).
 
We are pleased to present John Melish’s rare 1816 Map of the United States (lot 151, £40,000 - 60,000). This extraordinary work is the first large-scale detailed map made in the U.S. to show the whole of North America. The map earned Melish the position of the leading American map publisher, placing American maps on equal footing with those produced in Europe. A complete set of Frederick Sander’s 1888-1894 Reichenbachia (lot 69) will also be offered on the 19th of June, being one of the most celebrated and gloriously illustrated orchid books ever published for which he employed 20 orchid hunters working simultaneously across the whole of South America and beyond. Amongst a range of early printed books is the first illustrated work on gymnastics with 23 full-page woodcut illustrations of sport in the ancient world, written by Girolamo Mercuriale and printed in Venice in 1573 (lot 252).
 
Day two boasts fine original illustrations by E. H. Shepard (lots 572 & 573), showing scenes from The Wind in the Willows; Ratty and Mole boating on the River and the four heroic characters moments before the ambush of the Weasels in Toad Hall. These are the original watercolour illustrations produced by Shepard for the new Methuen edition published in 1959, one of which was used for the cover illustration on the dust jacket. They were purchased by the vendors’ parents directly from the artist at an exhibition of his own work in 1965.
 
For those more magically inclined we have an exceptional complete set of the Harry Potter books including Quidditch Through The Ages and  Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (lot 895, £8,000 – 12,000), all warmly inscribed by the author and many with personalised messages accompanied by a remarkable collection of letters and notecards from Rowling. All are addressed to the same recipient ‘Sharie’, a terminally ill child who Rowling maintained a heart-warming correspondence with for many months at the height of the Harry Potter series' popularity.  For bidders seeking unique fine bindings Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, 1894, (lot 586) bound in a luxurious blue morocco gilt binding featuring a fine Cosway-style miniature by the Dragon Press Bindery (lot 586) is offered at £3,000 – 5,000.
 
We look forward to opening our doors for viewing on 17th & 18th and welcoming you at the sales on the 19th & 20th of June.