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Bloomsbury Auctions will offer a single-owner sale of books and manuscripts by and associated with the 19th century polymath Richard Francis Burton (1821-90).

Titled The Burtons and the Middle East, the collection runs to 35 lots and will be offered in a timed online-only auction concluding on October 25. This personal first edition copy of Burton’s Falconry in the Valley of the Indus from 1852 is estimated at £3000-5000.

One of the rarer Burton titles, the fourth and final volume relays his experiences in India and the surrounding areas and focuses on the once-popular sport of falconry.

It is noted in the catalogue that 257 of the 500 copies first printed were left unsold according to the publisher John Van Voorst, and may have been scrapped altogether in preparation for a second edition.

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A beach scene by the so-called ‘Lowry of East Anglia’ will be included in a sale of art dedicated to the area at Keys Fine Art in Aylsham, Norwich, on October 26.

Painted in June 1927 by Campbell Mellon (1878-1955), the 8 x 11½in (21 x 29cm) oil on panel is estimated at £3000-5000.

Mellon determined on an artist’s life in Norfolk after witnessing the horrors of the First World War and following the example of his painterly hero, John Arnesby Brown. It was from Mellon’s house overlooking Gorleston harbour that he painted his best-known beach scenes.

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