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A volume of Institutes of Hindu Law, published in Calcutta in 1796 (second edition?) with a preface by the oriental scholar, judge and ‘Justinian of India’, Sir William Jones, sold at £120; a signed presentation copy of A.F. Calvert’s My Fourth Tour in Western Australia, 1897, made £150, and Frederic Fischbach’s Textile Ornament of 1882, illustrated with 160 coloured plates, went for £200.

Fifty-three volumes of the New Naturalist series – comprising the first 52 volumes from the launch of this famous publication in 1946, plus one later volume of 1979, brought a bid of £850. All were in dust jackets, though some were defective.