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London, United Kingdom
DoneThu, Jun 16, 2005 9:00 AM GMT

Manuscripts, Literature, Modern Firsts

In brief the sale boasts:

Berners' The Boke of Huntynge, Hawkynge and Fysshynge, c.1518 1st 4to edition, only complete copy known, Schwerdt-Jeanson copy, £50,000-70,000 Berners' [The Boke of St.Albans], 1st edition, Wynkyne de Worde, 1496 (35ff. of 74), £15,000-20,000 Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies mixed edition with majority of leaves (c.280) from the 1st folio of 1623 including 3 complete plays (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Henry VI part 1) 18 lots of 16th century English books incl. Chaucer, Ridley, Caradoc, Matthew of Westminster, Stowe etc. A fine 15th century album amicorum from the Netherlands with portraits and other heraldic drawings £20,000-30,000 9 lots of incunabula Some early Science and Medicine including Gilbert's De Magnete, 1600 1st ed. contemporary calf, £10,000-15,000 17th - 19th century manuscript estate maps relating to Norfolk, Essex & Kent Groups of letters from Wellington (Peninsula War) and Collingwood (as C-in-C in the Mediterranean after Trafalgar) Over 300 lots of historical documents, manuscripts, autograph letters Literary sets, Romantic Poets, Economics and Social History H.E.Bates collection in 50 lots Over 300 lots of Modern First Editions including Conrad, Joyce, Hemingway, Tolkien, Greene, Heller, Amis, Pratchett, Dexter, P.D.James, Dahl, Fleming, Conan Doyle, Orwell, Pound and H.G.Wells