'The Sorrows of Yamba, or, the Negro Woman’s Lamentation. To the Tune of Hosier’s Ghost', estimated at £700-1000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Believed to be from c.1800, the single sheet, 5½ x 14in (14 x 35cm) with four woodcuts, is headed Cheap Repository. It is estimated at £700-1000.

Other highlights include a first edition of Tales of the Wild and the Wonderful, London, Hurst, Robinson & Co, 1825, by Mary Diana Dods (1790-1830), published pseudonymously as David Lyndsay. Dods was a Scottish writer of books, short stories and other works, mainly under that pen name David Lyndsay, who adopted a male identity in her work and personal life.

She also went by the name of the diplomat and scholar Walter Sholto Douglas (possibly inspired by her grandfather’s name, Sholto Douglas, 15th Earl of Morton).


A first edition of Tales of the Wild and the Wonderful, by Mary Diana Dods, estimated at £500-800 at Lyon & Turnbull.

Dods lived a portion of her life as the ‘husband’ of Isabella Robinson. In 1827 her friend Mary Shelly helped her and a partner to obtain false passports and go to Paris as Mr and Mrs Douglas. ‘Mr Douglas’ ended up in a debtor’s prison. This book bears the early ownership inscription of William Charles Forrest at head of title, comes in contemporary half calf and is guided at £500-800.

The auction also offers works by Eric Gill (1882-1940). Shown below is an original crucifix design for Blundell’s School chapel, 1938, in pencil with blue and red crayon on graph paper 15 x 11in (38 x 27.5cm).


An original crucifix design by Eric Gill for Blundell’s School chapel, 1938, estimated at £1000-1500 at Lyon & Turnbull.

It features various annotations in pencil including title at the head (Blundell’s Chapel, proposed crucifix, 1/8 full size), is signed EG 21.5.38 lower right in pencil, and has an extra autograph note by Gill in black ink to the lower left (Please return to Eric Gill, Pigotts, High Wycombe).

Estimate £1000-1500.