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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