Military Book & Ephemera Collection

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Friday 01 April 2016

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W&H Peacock have been commissioned by Imperial War Museums to sell by auction a set of officially un-accessioned and duplicate de-accessioned books and ephemera. These items have been exited following a long-term review of IWM collections.

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The sale includes individual titles and selections, together with a wide range of ephemera. The collection features much material relating to the 20th Century together with that covering earlier periods – particularly Regimental histories.

To find out more about this auction click ‘Auction & Catalogue Details’ above.

Recent Highlights in Bedford Auction Centre

A late 19th century French kingwood, gilt metal mounted vitrine of bombe form, the base with a pair of Vernis Martin panels, w. 110 cm

Sold for £1,300

Clarice Cliff for Wilkinson Ltd, a part six sitting 'Bonjour' tea service decorated with trees in blossom, comprising: 1 x teapot and cover, 1 x sugar bowl, 1 x milk jug, 4 x cups, 6 x saucers

Sold for £1,800

Beatles Ephemera: a United Artists UK quad film poster for 'A Hard Day's Night', Stafford & Co. Ltd, 76 x 100 cm

Sold for £800

A 20th century bronze figural fountain modelled as a carp on a naturalistic base, h. 120 cm

Sold for £2000

Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, a circular bowl decorated in the 'Applique Lugano' pattern with a blue sky, d. 19 cm

Sold for £520

Dr Christopher Dresser for Hukin & Heath, a silver plated six section serviette/letter rack of slender arched design, numbered 2555 to base, h. 12.5 cm

Sold for £680

Gladys Maccabe M.A., R.O.I., F.R.S.A. (b.1918), 'Before the Start',
signed,
oil on board,
37 x 50 cm *Gallery label verso

Sold for £780

A late 19th century yew, crossbanded and brass mounted campaign chest, the secretaire drawer over three further drawers on bracket feet, w. 84 cm

Sold for £1,000

A George III silver covered tankard of tapered cylindrical form, maker (?)GC, London 1791, h. 18 cm, 17.5 ozs

Sold for £1,150

An oak canteen containing a twelve sitting silver service comprising: 12 x table knives and forks, 12 x dessert knives and forks, 12 x cake knives and forks, 12 x fish knives and forks, 12 x soup spoons, 12 x dessert spoons, 12 x grapefruit spoons, 12 x coffee spoons, 12 x teaspoons, 6 x table spoons, 1 x carving rod, 2 x pairs of carving irons, 1 x pickle fork, 2 x butter knives, 2 x preserves spoons, 4 x salt spoons, 2 x sauce ladles, 2 x dessert serving spoons and a pair of fish servers, maker EV, Sheffield 1946, weighable silver 156 ozs

Sold for £3,100

William Watson (fl.1866-1872),
British Longhorn and their young,
signed and dated 1878,
oil on canvas,
29.5 x 44 cm

Sold for £850

A 19th century Tyrolese violin, c. 1830-1840, with a two-part back, carved scroll and rosewood pegs, contained in a later case with two associated bows

Sold for £1,500

Archibald Knox for Liberty, an Arts & Crafts pewter bowl, stamped 'Rd,427694', d. 38 cm

Sold for £560

Franz Bergmann (1861-1936), a cast and cold painted bronze modelled as an Arab boy wearing a fez and a striped tunic lying on his stomach, stamped Geschutszt 3065, l. 15 cm

Sold for £700

A French hand-painted hand fan together with a Venetian fan, both boxed

Sold for £2,500

A Royal Crown Derby teaset decorated in the 'Old Imari' 1128 pattern including a teapot and jug with gilt handles and six tea cups and saucers, together with six matching egg cups

Sold for £520

For Restoration: a Mintons Majolica dish and cover surmounted by a seated sheep, together with a matching two-handled dish numbered 585, d. 28 cm

Sold for £700

An 18th century Dutch walnut and marquetry breakfront bookcase, the pair of glazed doors over four drawers of bombe form on bun feet, w. 137 cm

Sold for £920

A George II silver and parcel gilt covered tankard of bellied form later decorated in the rococo manner, William Shaw and William Priest, London 1756, h. 18.5 cm, 22 ozs

Sold for £1,100

A George III silver covered tankard of plain baluster form raised on a circular foot, John Payne, London 1774, h. 21 cm, 26 ozs

Sold for £1,200

Recent Highlights in Books, Maps & Ephemera

Farsi manuscript volume of Poetry, small qto. calf binding with a floral blind-stamped design. The book features the work of the 14th. C Persian poet Hafez which has been beautifully transcribed using the original Farsi script to create an attractive two column page format with decorative calligraphic margins. Together with an additional 8vo volume featuring a printed text in the same script. Both late 19th. C.

Sold for £850

Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, Hodder, [1925]. Large qto., original gilt decorated/illustrated cream cloth, teg. Twelve tipped-in colour plates with titled tissue guards, black and white illustrations, decorative historiated initials, decorated endpapers, Limited edition 241/600, signed by Kay Nielsen.

Sold for £1700

Carroll L.: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Nd. C. 1908. 1st.Ed. thus. Illustrated by Harry Rountree. Qto Hb. Gilt titling & colour illus. on cover. Colour plates and vignettes by Rountree. Uncommon/scarce edition.

Sold for £560

Wodehouse P.: First Editions, 2nd. Printings. Summer Lighning, (1929); Very Good Jeeves, (1930); Laughing Gas, (1936); Mr. Mulliner Speaking, (1929); Meet Mr. Mulliner, (1927). First edition date in brackets, interval between 1st. & 2nd. printings varies. All titles with bright, clean dust wrappers which have 2/6 on spine.

Sold for £650

Photographic Journal / Album of the Voyage of ''H.M.S. Egeria, Pacific Station, during Commission, 1908 - 1910'' - original photographs taken by ''Second Sick Berth Steward, Charles Randall, R.N. A 'tall' hb, qto album featuring accomplished original photographs together with manuscript annotated labels under each mounted (but loose) photograph. The photographs feature the vessel itself, members of the crew undertaking various duties, activities and leisure time pursuits; locations visited including Port Simpson, Spicer Island, Refuge Bay, Esquimalt Harbour and Beaver Harbour Indian Village. Footnote. The Egeria arrived in British Columbia in 1898 where she was engaged in coastal surveys for the Royal Navy until 1910, by which time coast surveying responsibilities had been transferred to the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Commander Morris Henry Smyth was in command until Commander C. H. Simpson was appointed in command on 1 February 1900. Egeria was primarily involved in resurveying settled areas of the British Columbia coast to create modern charts on a larger scale. The last survey it conducted was of Welcome Pass off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Sold for £920

Small collection of official Naval Handbooks and manuals dating from early to mid twentieth century featuring: Torpedo Drill Book 1914, Seaman's Pocket Book 1943, Parade and Rifle Drill 1949, German Ground Mines, Merchant Ship Recognition 1943, Notes on the Royal Navy 1964. Mainly 8vo Pb. Together with some other Handbooks. Various formats, HMSO Publications

Sold for £500

GURNEY FAMILY ARCHIVE. A substantial and fascinating collection of books and albums

Sold for £5500

Rennell J.: Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan or the Mogul's Empire - With an Examination of some Positions in the former System of Indian Geography and a Complete Index of Names to the Map, 1785. 2nd. Edition. Qto. Contem. tree calf, gilt, marbled eps. Large engraved folding map of 'Hindoostan' by Rennell dated 1782 (in two sections) facing title page; engraved titular cartouche featuring figure of Britannia, territories hand coloured in outline. Text block also features four other maps, 3 folding. Scarce early edition.

Sold for £580

Books & Ephemera

Poems 1886 - 1929. Macmillan 1929. Limited, signed edition, No. 486 of 525 copies. Three volume set. Quarto, red crushed morocco, spines gilt lettered, teg, inner dentelles, marbled eps, hand-made paper. Binding protected with glassine wrapper. Signed by Kipling on the verso of the page before the portrait frontispiece of Kipling by Francis Dodd which is also signed ( in pencil ). A near fine set.

Sold for £500

Books & Ephemera

Billy Bunter Collection. First Editions, all with Djs. : Billy Bunter's Bargain, 1958; Bunter Out Of Bounds,1959; Bunter Keeps it Dark, 1960; Billy Bunter's Treasure Hunt, 1961; Billy Bunter At Butlins, 1961; Bunter The Ventriloquist, 1961; Billy Bunter's Bodyguards, 1962; Bunter The Caravanner, 1962; Big Chief Bunter, 1963; Just Like Bunter, 1963; Thanks To Bunter, 1964; Bunter The Stowaway, 1964; Bunter The Sportsman, 1965; Bunter's Last Fling, 1965. Without Djs.: Bunter Comes For Christmas, 1959; Bunter The Bad Lad, 1960. Together with 13 further early editions all with original yellow djs. plus two further titles without djs. and a facsimile volume of editions of 'The Magnet

Sold for £600

Royal Family & Friends at Sandringham & other Norfolk Locations - photographic archive of 24 monochrome prints dating from 1865 to 1913 (21.5 x 16.5 cm) featuring Royal Family groups, individuals and other nobillity, Sandringham House & Gardens, Runcton Hall, Hardwick Hall Suffolk, and the statue of the Prince of Wales' Horse 'Persimmon.' The photographs derive from original negatives in the possession of a member of the Gurney family (two of whom feature in one photograph) one of whose descendants consigned the archive. Each photograph has an annotated note attached to the back providing information about who or what is featured together with a date.

Sold for £620

An extensive collection of legal documents and ledgers relating to Aldham Hall in Suffolk including Conveyances, Deeds of Surrender, Settlement, Nomination, Covenant, Lease & Assignment etc. Together with four Hadham Hall Court Books featuring contemporary hand-written entries. The date range for the whole archive ranges from the 17th. to the 20th. Century

Sold for £2,300

McCarthy J. H.: A collection of the writer's hand-written diaries, in various formats, for each year from 1886 - 1935. (Individual Diaries for the years 1878, 1880, 1882, 1890, 1894, 1895, & 1933 are not present). Entries include references to accounts of excursions abroad, visits to Galleries, dictation of his work, practise with an air pistol, books bought and read, Theatre outings, visits to a wide range of UK locations, visits to Publishers including Chatto & Kegan Paul, House of Commons, Meetings of the Dramatists' Club, meetings with various celebrities including - Walter Crane, George Meredith, Jerome and Pinero, monetary matters and a wide range of other activities. Some of the entries are very brief, others more extensive. Overall, a wide ranging biographical, literary and historical archive of potential interest to a range of research specialists in a number of fields. Together with a small collection of other miscellaneous note books.

Sold for £1600

The Eagle Comic: A complete run/sequence of this children's publication featuring Vols. 1 to 12 and 48 parts of Vol.13, 1950 - 1962. A private enthusiast's carefully preserved and collated collection reluctantly consigned to auction!

Sold for £600

Dickens C.: The Letters of Charles Dickens, The British Academy Pilgrim Edition, 1965-2002, Clarendon Press, edited by Madelaine House, Graham Storey et al. Complete 1st. Edition set. Royal 8vo. Twelve volumes in original (sleeve protected) dust wrappers. Scarce complete set in near fine condition.

Sold for £500

Dandy, Beano & Hotspur. A collection of these comics dating from the mid 1940s together with a small number of other titles

Sold for £1800

Bryant A.: Map of the County of Northampton from Actual Survey in the Years 1824, 1825 & 1826. Map dated 1st. June 1827

Sold for £640

Louis Wain: 'Such Fun', nd. C. 1930. Qto. hb. Colour illustrated laminated boards, Glazed Colour frontis & one other colour plate together with many other in text two/three tone colour illustrations. 'Mother Goose In Catland', nd. C. 1930. Qto. soft card binding with colour plate inset. Glazed colour frontis together with two tone in text illustrations. Both titles very scarce. 

Sold for £280

'Scrap' Album associated with Queen Victoria A small, square cloth bound book with gilt lettering and decorative features and aeg. There are manuscript contributions in German, French and English, many in an accomplished calligraphic style. Also included are compact 'cut out' engraved vignettes, some coloured - typical of this genre, together with a watercolour, letters, and an original wax imprint of the 'seal of the Diet of Frankfurt.' Intriguingly there is also a section of an envelope featuring a circular red stamp, purporting to have been written by Queen Victoria. There are also several other postal items: One purports to be the writing of 'H.R.H. The Princess Alice', another, the writing of H.R.H. The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Feodora of Leningen) 1807-1872 - the half sister of Queen Victoria. This second letter is addressed to 'Baroness Louise Lehzen, Governess and later adviser and companion to Queen Victoria. Both have black margins possibly linking them to a recent bereavement.
Three further cuttings from envelopes purport to feature the autograph of Her 'Majesty the Queen of Prussia' - Queen Louise of Prussia; another the autograph of 'The Princess Frederick William of Prussia, nee , Princess Royal of England.'Lastly, a cutting bearing the autograph of 'Her Majesty the Queen of Holland - nee the Princess of ....?'
Finally, there is short, poetic, farewell paragraph written and signed by Louise von Lehzen dated June 29 - 1856. The Vendor has indicated that there was a family tradition that this album was the property of Queen Victoria's Governess although there is no documentary evidence to support this provenance. The period contents and obvious age of the album may lend some credence to this notion however, or at least some 'royal' connection. Review of the Condition Report is advised.

Sold for £600

Books & Ephemera

A collection of Mint Commonwealth Stamps for the Era George VI ( 1937 - 1951 ) housed within three albums. Many in complete sets, some missing higher values. Together with original owners catalogue listing

Sold for £600