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The collection of the late Dorothy Herlihy formed a large part of the book section, and included a copy of one of the scarcer ‘New Naturalist’ titles. Eric Simms’ British Warblers of 1985, signed by the dust wrapper artist, Robert Gilmour, sold at £720.

From other properties came the two items pictured above.

Sold for £600 (against an estimate of £50-60) was the revised and re-printed edition of Lt Col E Delmé Radcliffe’s Falconry: Notes on the Falconidae used in India in Falconry above, issued by the Standfast Press in 1971. Tucked inside was an original photographic carte de visite, showing the author holding a hawk.

Just two copies of the original, published in Southsea, c.1871, are listed in auction records – the most expensive of which made £800 at Bonhams in 2001.

The copy of Paul Jerrard’s The Humming Bird Keepsake… of 1852, in which poetry by FWN Bayler is accompanied by a dozen full-page coloured litho illustrations, sold at £500.