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Bound in full red calf, it sold at £1200 – and if that sounds at all familiar, it is because the auctioneers sold it for £1300 only last October. There is no question of there bing anything wrong with the work, but the auctioneers did find themselves obliged to out it back up for sale.

Shown top right is a page from two manuscript volumes, sold for £1400, that contained the diaries of Miss Frances Benson of Abbots Reading and extracts from other sources collected by a certain E.H. Dickson. In embroidered covers, they cover a period from the mid-18th to the early 19th century and include copies of letters, documents, watercolour drawings and fashion sketches.

Pictured bottom right is a detail from the Funeral Procession of the Duke of Wellington, a remarkable, 66ft (20m) long panorama after Henry Alken and G.A. Sala. Folding into an oblong red cloth case and originally sold for two guineas, it made £1500.

A letter from Dickens regarding the
payment of a debt was sold at £1100.

Richardson & Churton’s Monastic Ruins of Yorkshire, two vols. 1843 in rubbed and split half calf, made £600, as did T.D. Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire, the two volumes of 1823 in rubbed diced calf gilt.