The two lots illustrated here formed part of a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale on January 26.
‘The Conflagration of Dalla, on the Rangoon River’ is one of the hand-coloured aquatints after Lieutenant Joseph Moore that make up Eighteen Views taken at & near Rangoon, an 1825 work by Moore and Captain Frederick Marryat.
An ex-East India College library copy, it contained five extra plates from Views in the Birman Empire of 1826, and sold for £6800 to an online bidder.
James Wyld’s folding Map of the Colony of British Columbia and the British & American Territory West of the Rocky Mountains… of 1858 was published to coincide with a gold rush, as the work’s even longer full title reveals, but it also identifies coal and mineral deposits in the region. It took £5600.
In a later Bayntun Rivière binding, a good 1807 first of Captain Thomas Williamson and Samuel Howitt’s Oriental Field Sports, illustrated with 40 coloured aquatint plates after the latter, sold at what may have been a somewhat disappointing low-estimate £5400.
Two notable single-owner collections also featured in the Gloucestershire sale.
One of them was the Sinclair Hood library of Greek archaeological interest, which ran to 95 lots. A five-volume, mixed edition set of the Society of Dilettanti’s Antiquities of Iona publications that spanned the years 1797-1915 took £5600.
The other collection presented 48 lots from the library of the late Alfred C Tomlinson (1927-2015), a poet, translator, academic and illustrator, and it included, at £3000, a lot focusing on the works of Bruce Chatwin. It offered firsts of In Patagonia, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On the Black Hill and The Songlines from the years 1977-87 that with one exception were warmly inscribed copies given to his near neighbours and friends, Charles and Brenda Tomlinson, as were three other copies of his works that made up the lot.