A 1926 first, limited edition copy of Winnie the Pooh, signed by both Milne and Shepard, that came for sale in these Rendells Devon auction rooms on 12 October was in the original binding but dampstained to the front board, causing some loss of the paper. It sold at £950.
An 18-vol. set of The Tales and Novels of Maria Edgworth, issued in 1832-33 and here bound in contemporary half calf gilt, sold at £200.
Published in 1876 by Henry Herbert & Co., London, a Complete Guide to the Places of Amusement, Objects of Interest... and Leading – the fifth issue of this annual guide – contained 30 engraved plates and 11 tipped-in photographic plates, plus three maps. In the original decorative cloth binding and with chromolitho borders to all pages, this attractive sounding guide made £100.
Items of particular local interest included an 1829, second edition of the Rev. Thomas Moore’s History of Devonshire, the two well-illustrated volumes bound in contemporary calf gilt but now split at the spines and with a few gatherings becoming loose, that sold at £300, and a Britton & Brayley Devonshire & Cornwall Illustrated of 1832, which reached £250.
Moving farther afield, an 1857 first of Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, in contemporary morocco gilt, made £100, as did a copy of W.H.I. Beek & L.C. Lloyd’s Specimens of Bushman Folklore, a 1911 first in the original cloth.
A 1789, third edition of Captain Henry Wilson’s Account of the Pelew Islands, in a contemporary calf gilt binding with weak hinges, made £140.
One 1921 first edition of Jack R. Logan’s Northmost Australia, the two volumes still in dust wrappers, made £170, while a second, lacking the wrappers, reached £120.
An 1823 first of the Anglo-Saxon scholar, the Rev. James Ingram’s translation of The Saxon Chronicle, a wide marginned copy in original boards, was sold at £100.
Rendells, Ashburton, October 12
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent
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