Books, Maps & Ephemera

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Friday 01 April 2022

Commencing at 12:00pm

Bedford Auction Centre


Friday 25th March – 9am to 8pm,
Saturday 26th March – 9am to 1pm,
Thursday 31st March – 9am to 5pm,
Morning of sale from 9am

In addition to our monthly auctions of Antiques & Collectors’ Items, we have developed a calendar of specialist Book auctions providing a more specific marketplace for vendors and buyers

To Include: Sports books, travel & topography, aviation & military, maps & prints, childrens books, modern first editions, historical documents etc.



If you own anything which you think might be suitable for one of our specialist sales please contact Rod Sancto on 01234 266366 or
For an approximate estimate, email us with a description and image of your item. For larger or multiple items, we are happy to arrange for a valuer to visit your home or premises at your convenience.


Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way, Bedford, MK42 0PE

Friday prior to sale 9am – 5pm
Saturday prior to sale 9am – 1pm
Thursday prior to sale 9am – 5pm
Morning of sale from 9am

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A buyers’ premium at 17.5% plus VAT, will be added to the bid price of each lot.

Lots purchased online will in addition attract a 5% plus VAT fee.

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On sale day until 5pm and on the following Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 5pm.

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Auctioneer Information
W&H Peacock
Bedford Auction Centre
Eastcotts Park
Wallis Way
MK42 0PE
United Kingdom
Tel: 01234 266366

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Books, Maps & Ephemera

Large Folio Pulpit or Family KJV Bible with a contemporary panel binding & marbled eps.. Also featuring red and black Gothic-type text together with ornate engraved headings and tail-pieces for the 'Kalendar' of readings and Festivals. The same Gothic typography is retained in black for the biblical text together with similarly engraved headings, tail-pieces and historiated initials. The book also features a local family genealogy with the surname 'Prole' and the manuscript indicates that the first two indivuals mentioned, John and Elizabeth Prole, were servants of John Howard the philanthropist connected with Bedford. Together with : The Progresses of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Prince Albert In France, Belgium and England, 1844. Qto. Red cloth,gilt, aeg. Engraved plates & vignettes and Hamson : Bedford Town and Townsmen, 1896. Both scarce.

Sold for £1,500

Tindal N. : The Continuation of Mr Rapin de Thoyras's History of England, second edition, 1751. Vols. I & II. Large folio, full calf, gilt. Text with some engraved plates, head and tailpieces. Together with : A Summary of Mr. Rapin de Thoyras's History of England an Mr. Tindal's Continuation, second edition, 1751, Folio with identical binding. Text, etc together with portrait plates and engraved plates, including those of Medallions; Battle plans including land and sea, Battles of Eckeren, Maestricht, Donawert, View and Plan of the fortifications of Gibraltar, Ramillies, Saragossa;

Sold for £360

Count Lyof Tolstoi : War and Peace, Vols I,II & III. I 'Before Tilsit, II The Invasion, & III French at Moscow. 8vo. Published by Vizetelly & Co., Covent Garden. Hb. Russet coloured, foliate decorated paper covered boards.Vols. I & 3 - Third Edition but with no printed date, although ownership inscription on the fep reads 'May 1898', Vol. II printed 'Fourth Edition' with the date 1888, Ownership inscrip. is May 1898.

Sold for £850

Arthur Rackham.- Hawthorne (Nathaniel) : A Wonder Book, 1922. 1st.and limited edition, number 537 of 600 signed by Rackham. Qto. Cream cloth with gilt titling and illustration, teg, others uncut. Illustrated endpapers. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 23 plates together with other illustrations. Housed in a qtr. green leather solander box, gilt

Sold for £550

Conan Doyle : A Study in Scarlet, 1891. Third edition, illustrated. Crown 8vo. Hb. Maroon cloth spine, gilt. Tan boards, red lettering, teg. Frontis and succeeding plates & vignettes by Hutchinson.

Sold for £200

The New Adventures of Rupert, 1936. 1st. Edition of the first Rupert Annual. Qto. Red cloth with black titling and illustration of Rupert reading. Dustwrapper. Contents : This Book belongs to; Rupert and the Wonderful Kite; Pictures for your Paint box; Rupert, Algy and the Cannibals; Pictures for your Paint box; Rupert's Autumn Adventure; Rupert, Bill and the Pearls; Rupert's Christmas Adventure; Picture for your Paint box. CONDITION REPORT: Dustwrapper with some small marginal closed tears, little if any loss. Bright, clean and colourful. ''This Book belongs to' not completed & left blank. Remaining printed text and accomp -anying illustrated pages clean and bright, virtually as freshly printed. 'Pictures for your Paintbox' all very carefully and mainly completed in watercolour.It is quite likely that this box is the original used in posting the annual although there is no postage label. The staples holding the box together are quite rusty.

Sold for £1,000

Captain Rollo Burslem : A Peep Into Toorkisthan, 1846. 1st. Ed. 8vo. Hb. Original green cloth with blind-stamped decoration & gilt titling on spine. Text with large folding map & lithograph plates, some folding. Very scarce.

Sold for £900

Medieval Manorial Compoti, C.1450. A collection of six compoti vellum rolls, manuscript in black ink (some entries with decorative initial letters), which include references to the Manor Of Poynings, Sussex with the demesne land Perching (now represented by Perching Hill in the Parish of Edburton) nearby. The Farmer of the Manor was John Yong and the dates of Michaelmas 1456 and 1457 are recorded. Crofts or enclosed fields are referred to and there is also reference to landholders from London including the Warden of the Hospital of the Lord near Aldersgate in the City of London and the Prior of Lewes. Please be aware that It has been noted that the above items may contain manorial documents which are subject to the Manorial Documents Rules 1959, 1963 and 1967, administered by The Historical Manuscripts Commission at The National Archives on behalf of the Master of the Rolls. Accordingly the purchasers of the documents lie under an obligation to notify the Secretary of the Commission of their acquisition and to provide details of where they will be kept. They may in no circumstances be removed from England and Wales without the prior consent of the Master of the Rolls.

Sold for £1,000

Walt Disney: Large format monochrome studio photograph bearing signature at the lower margin. Features of the photo, autograph and its provenance (see Lot 353) indicate the probability of the signature's authenticity

Sold for £1,700

A large portfolio containing the original plans, improvements and drawings for the construction and design of the House and Gardens of Latimer house situated in Latimer, Buckinghamshire designed by Edward Blore , Samuel Ware and the brothers Jearrad , dating from the 1820s. The portfolio contains detailed plans of various floors including references to: The Servants Rooms and hall, Cook's room, Larder, Scullery, Butler's Room and Pantry etc. also included in this lot are two later period coloured plans/maps of the Latimer estate, likely from the early 20th century providing an insight into the architectural ideas and practice of the Regency period and the social structure of this era.

Sold for £3,100

Wylde A. : '83 To '87 In The Sudan, 1888. 2nd, Edition. Vols. I & II. 8vo. Original brown cloth, gilt, folding map frontis, text. Very scarce. Pasha/Wingate : Fire and Sword in the Sudan. A Personal Narrative of Fighting and Serving the Dervishes, 1896. 2nd. Ed. Portrait frontis, text, plates, folding plan of Khartum & Omdurman, map of Mahdist influence; Gleichen ( Ed. ) : The Anglo-Egyptian Sudan - A compendium prepared byt the officers of the Sudan government, 1905. Qto. Vol.1. only but complete in itself. Scarce; "Ben Assher" ( C. Borradaile ) : A Nomad in the South Sudan - Travels of a political officer among the Gaweir Nuers, 1928.

Sold for £550

SARAH MOSES MANUSCRIPT COPY OR CYPHER BOOK Circa 1760.The book is probably best described as what was then known as a 'Cypher' book rather than a copy book. Besides giving examples and rules for basic calculation such as addition, subtraction etc.,the beautifully accomplished calligraphy also set out different of types of calculation (using the basic rules) involved in dealing with a range of goods such as cloth, gold, money, weight, distance and Apothecary measures etc. These are followed by a range of exemplar problems where the rules and methods are employed to obtain results. These may have been copied examples from a tutor but the overall impression is that were 'worked' by Sarah herself. Some of the problems are quite complex and would have involved long periods of calculation using quill and paper. Please refer to the Condition Report for further details about this item.

Sold for £340

Jane Austen : Pride and Prejudice, 1894. 1st. Edition thus of the 'Peacock' edition published by George Allen. 8vo. Original pictorial dark green cloth, gilt, with magnificent peacock design on upper cover, spine gilt with peacock feathers, aeg.Frontispiece, title, illustrations, head- & tail-pieces, historiated initials and decorations all by Hugh Thomson. The first extensively illustrated edition of Pride and Prejudice including a total of 160 line drawings by Hugh Thomson, the only work by him to feature head & tail-pieces and decorations.

Sold for £600

( Taplin W. ) : The Sportman's Cabinet, or, A correct delineation of the various Dogs used in the Sports of the Field, 1803/1804. Vols. I & II. Folio, full calf, gilt, aeg. Engraved half title, title page & frontis. Text with engraved plates.

Sold for £300

John Morton : The Natural History of Northampton-shire; with an Account of the Antiquities. To which is added a Transcript of Dooms-Day Book so far as it relates to That County, 1712. 1st. Ed. Folio, contemporary panelled calf. Engraved book plate of Thomas Vyner on pastedown. Engraved folding county map with foliate cartouche, herldic dedicatory cartouche and margins ( John Harris

Sold for £200

Ram Raz : Essay on the Architecture of the Hindus, 1834. 1st. Ed. ( Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain ). Folio, Qtr. Binding, gilt, marbled edges & eps.

Sold for £500

Ian Fleming: The Spy Who Loved Me, 1962; Octopussy and the Living Daylights, 1966; One Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1963; From Russia,With Love, 1957. All 1st. Editions, 8vo Hb + Dj (in protective cover). You Only Live Twice, 1964. 1st. Ed. 2nd. Imp. April 64; Goldfinger, 1959. 1st. Ed. 8vo Hb.

Sold for £1,100

Edward Stanford's Library Map of London and its Suburbs, C.1870. This large, complete edition of the folding map, housed between two boards, is linen backed and measures 166 x 190cm and is comprised of 49 separate panels. Significant features are colour highlighted and street names are identified. Consult condition report.

Sold for £1250

"Survey and Valuation of the Estate of the Earl of Essex in the Parishes of Stebbing, Saling, Raine & Bocking in the County of Essex." C.1795. Qto. reversed calf binding, gilt maroon title label, aeg, marbled eps. Manuscript valuation presented in accomplished calligraphy featuring very detailed measurement in columns of the land (Acres, Roods and Perches) and its use together with buildings and total rental value , (particularly relating to farms in parishes together with hand coloured plans, summaries, 'remarks' and recommendations

Sold for £1,400

North T.: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romains, 1631. First English translation of Plutarch's work. Bound together with: The Lives of Epaminondas, of Philip of Macedon, of Dionysius and Caesar Augustus, 1631. Large folio. Later qtr. binding, marbled boards. Elaborate engraved headpieces framing portraits, endpieces and historiated initial letters

Sold for £750