Further entries invited for all categories. For further details please contact one of our specialist valuers.
Printed Books, Maps & Documents
Travel, Atlases & Vintage Photography
A Private Collection of African Travel
China, Burma & Tibet
Private Collection of Early Cookery Books
A selection of lots being sold 4 October 2017
A selection of titles from a private collection of African travel books (50 lots) to be included in this sale. Various estimates.
Richard Collinson. Journal of H.M.S. Enterprise, on the Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin's Ships by Behring Strait. 1850-55. Edited by his brother Major-General T.B. Collinson (Royal Engineers), 1st edition, 1889.
Account of Collinson's two-ship expedition to find Sir JohnFranklin's lost party, via the Bering Strait. Collinson commanded The Enterprise and Commander Robert McClure The Investigator, both ships leaving Plymouth in 1850. They became separated after rounding Cape Horn and McClure got to the Being Strait first and after being frozen in on Banks Island. He was rescued and returned to England, becoming the first man to cross the North West Passage. Collinson, realising McClure was ahead of him, turned back and overwintered in Hong Kong before returning to the Bering Strait the following year and was frozen in for three years before eventually reaching Point Barrow in 1854. Of all the search expeditions, Collinson had come closest to discovering the fate of Franklin, later learning from Rae's report that he had turned back just east of where Franklin's expedition had ended.
Frederick George Jackson. A Thousand Days in the Arctic, 2 volumes, 1st edition, 1899.
Account of the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition, 1894-97, which remained on Franz Joseph Land for three years.
Southern Africa. A very large and impressive photograph album, circa 1896-1900, containing approximately 470 mounted gelatin silver prints by W. Rausch of Bulawayo, from the time of Second Matabele War to the Boer War, mostly signed, captioned and numbered in the negative.
For further information please contact Nathan Winter or Chris Albury
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Paintings, Watercolours & Prints
English Caricatures 1770-1950
19th & 20th Century British Art
Silver, Jewellery, Oriental & Tribal Art, Fossils & Taxidermy
A selection of lots being sold 5 October 2017
For further information please contact Nathan Winter or Henry Meadows
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Printed Books, Maps & Documents
The David A. Smith Collection of British Bee Books 1600-1950
Early Science & Geology
Art & Architecture including the Michael Jenner Collection
A selection of lots being sold 8 November 2017:
John Worlidge. Apiarium; or A Discourse of Bees: Tending to the best Way of Improving them, and to the Discovery of the Fallacies that are imposed by some, for private Lucre, on the Credulous Lovers and Admirers of these Insects. Written by J.W. Gent., 1st edition, Thomas Dring, 1676.
Estimate £700 - 1000
Charles Butler. The Feminine Monarchie: or the Historie of Bees.Shewing Their admirable Nature, and Properties, Their Generation, and Colonies, Their Government, Loyaltie, Art, Industrie, Enemies, Warres, Magnanimitie, &c. Together with the right ordering of them from time to time: And the sweet profit arising thereof, 2nd edition, London: Printed by John Haviland for Roger Jackson, 1623.
For further information please contact Chris Albury or Nathan Winter
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Military, Aviation & Naval History
Medals, Arms & Armour
Stamps & Coins
A selection of lots being sold 9 November 2017
A unique and unusually interesting miniature 'Basuto Gun War' VC group attributed to Surgeon Major (later Colonel) Edmund Baron Hartley, VC, CMG Victoria Cross The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael & St George (CMG), Companion's breast badge, gold and enamel with riband buckle Badge of the Order of St John of Jerusalem South Africa 1877-79, one clasp, 1877-8-9 Cape of Good Hope General Service, 1880-97, three clasps, Transkei, Basutoland, Bechuanaland Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, three clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal King's South Africa, 1901-02, two dated clasps, mounted for wearing, QSA suspension post slightly offset but generally extremely fine; together with corresponding riband bar for the full size medals.
Colonel Edmund Baron Hartley, VC, CMG (1847-1919) was born in Ivybridge, Devon, and served with Cape Mounted Rifles from 1877-1902. Hartley was 32 years of age at the time of the so-called Basuto Gun War and won his VC for the following action:-
'On 5 June 1879 in South Africa, Surgeon Major Hartley attended the wounded under fire at the unsuccessful attack at Morosi's Mountain, Basutoland. From an exposed position, on open ground, he carried in his arms a wounded corporal of the Cape Mounted Riflemen. The surgeon major then returned under severe enemy fire in order to dress the wounds of other men of the storming party'
Hartley was presented with his VC in 1881 after it had taken some time to be approved. The regiment's commanding officer was under the impression that Colonial Troops were not entitled to the VC. Hartley's full size group is displayed in the Royal Army Medical Services Museum in Surrey, having been purchased by the regiment at a Sotheby's Auction in 1955 at the then record price of £300
There were 13 recipients of the Cape of Good Hope General Service medal to qualify for all three bars, of which Hartley was the unique VC winner.
For further information please contact Henry Meadows
The Library of Richard Adams
author of Watership Down
A selection of lots being sold 14 December 2017
William Shakespeare. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, 1632.
The Second Folio Edition of the most important work in English Literature.
Jane Austen. A complete set of first editions by Jane Austen uniformly bound by Riviere & Son, 1811-1818.
Estimate £50,000 - 80,000
For further information please contact Paul Rasti or Susanna Winters
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