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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Lot 15
CARROLL. LEWIS. (The Rev Charles Dodgson):

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. &
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND
THERE.

Tenniel. John. Illustrates.
Published: Macmillan & Co., London. 1866 & 1872.
First Edition

In 2015 numerous celebrations on the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are happing around the globe. 
A very attractive pair of First Editions of these classic children's books will be on sale in Auction #45.
Both volumes are beautifully Illustrated throughout, with 42 and 50  line engravings respectively, by John Tenniel.
Bright, clean copies, finely bound, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, in recent full deep red morocco bindings. 

Estimate: $13,500

Lot 16
ROWLING. J. K
.: HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.

Published: Bloomsbury., London., 1998
First Edition.

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 1st impression with correct number sequence of 10 down to 1 on copyright page. 
Fine copy of the second Harry Potter book in a fine dustwrapper which reproduces the design on the boards and features colour illustrations by Cliff Wright.

Estimate: $2,500

MODERN FIRST EDITIONS

Lot 11

SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF “LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER”

Lawrence. D. H.: Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Published: Privately Printed., Florence, Italy., 1928
FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. (9.1 x 6.7 inches). LIMITED EDITION. 
One of 1000 numbered copies, signed by Lawrence on the limitation page.

Printed at the Tipografia Giuntina in Florence, under the direction of L. Franceschini, for Lawrence, and at his own expense, the book was offered for sale in the spring of 1928 for the price of Two Pounds. 
The fears of Police raids and the imminent suppression of the book in both England and America saw Lawrence selling the last copies for Four pounds by December that year and ordering another edition, of only 200 copies on common paper, from the printers.

The literary merits of Lawrence's novel have been the subject of much debate but, like it or not, the book proved to be a hugely important work in the battle against censorship. 

Estimate: $5,000

TRAVEL & EXPLORATION

Lot 28

JAMES COOK & CAPTAIN FURNAUX

A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE SOUTH POLE AND ROUND THE WORLD - COOK'S SECOND VOYAGE

Performed in His Majesty's Ships the RESOLUTION and ADVENTURE in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774 and 1775.

Published: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, London, 1777

FIRST EDITION. A superb set of Cook's Second Voyage. 2 Vols. 4to. 376pp. and 396pp.

First edition of Cook's second voyage on which he was directed to circumnavigate the globe as far south as possible to search for any southern continent. Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilization and by the foundation of British Australia. The world was given for the first time an essentially complete knowledge of the Pacific Ocean and Australia, and Cook proved once and for all that there was no great southern continent, as had always been believed.

This is a very sharp clean superior copy without any tears or repairs. The wonderful engraved plates are all bright and attractive. 

Estimate: $6,500-8,000 

Lot 20
Signed 2-volume large paper de luxe edition

Stanley, Henry M

In Darkest Africa  Or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, London, 1890

De luxe edition of 250 copies

This very good set is No 186 (of 250 copies) of the 2-volume demy quarto de luxe edition signed by Henry M Stanley - the most sought-after edition of this author's most widely published work.

Estimate: $4,000 / 5,000

Lot 9

OWEN, CAPT. W F W
Narrative of Voyages to Explore the Shores of Africa, Arabia and Madagascar 2 Vols

Performed in H.M. Ships Leven and Barracouta under the direction of Captain W F W Owen, R.N

Published: Richard Bentley, London, 1833
Condition: very good; Size: 220 x 130 mm 
The expedition was undertaken to survey the entire coast of Africa and southern Arabia for a period of some
four years. His meticulous work laid the foundation for what we know about the geography to this day..

Estimate: $1,500-2,000

Lot 22

Hakluyt (Richard)

HAKLUYT’S COLLECTION OF THE EARLY VOYAGES, TRAVELS, AND DISCOVERIES OF THE ENGLISH NATION.

Published: Printed for R.H. Evans, J Mackinlay, and R. Priestly, London,

New edition with additions

Large 4to (310 x 240 mm)

Of this edition there are 250 copies printed on Royal Paper and 75 on Imperial Paper - the present set is one of the 250 copies on Royal Paper.

Estimate: $3,000 / 4,000

NATURAL HISTORY

Lot 24

A MAJOR EARLY ORNITHOLOGICAL WORK

GRAY, GEORGE R. and BOWDLER-SHARPE, R.

THE ZOOLOGY of the VOYAGE of H.M.S. EREBUS and TERROR: BIRDS

Under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., During the Years 1839 - 1843

Published: E.W. Janson, London, 1846 - 1875

FIRST EDITION 1846 - 1875

This copy with the 37 full page bird plates brilliantly hand-coloured. Finely bound in modern half-leather and buckram. 38pp. text and 37pp. plates. The section by Gray was first published in 3 parts in 1844/1845 and included 22 plates. The volume remained unfinished

until 1875 when Bowdler-Sharpe edited the work, added an appendix and the remaining 15 plates. There were also two further volumes relating to this expedition published on Mammals, Reptiles, Fishes, Crustacea, Insects and Mollusca. However, this one on the Birds would appear to be the most sought after, particularly this scarcer version with the magnificent plates hand-coloured. The current copy is in very good plus condition. 

Estimate: $4,000/5,000

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

Lot 125

EDWARD DETMOLD (Illustrator): THE ARABIAN NIGHTS - Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Published: Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1924

Edition: DE-LUXE LIMITED SIGNED EDITION; No. 85 of 100 copies
4to.

First edition illustrated by Detmold of this title. In the gilt decorated full vellum binding and signed by Detmold on the limitation page. Top edge gilt and other edges uncut. One of the great illustrated books of the Golden Era. 

Estimate: $6,000/6,500

AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS

Lot 190

Dwight D. Eisenhower: CRUSADE IN EUROPE - INSCRIBED BY EISENHOWER

Published: Doubleday & Co., New York, 1948

Edition: Later Printing of 1st. Edition

The Second World War history by General and future US President Eisenhower. A nice presentation copy inscribed by Eisenhower in his hand on the half-title 'To Victor Emanuel - with best wishes and warm regard - and a Merry Christmas - from his good friends/ Mamie and Ike/ December, 1948'. This is a later printing of the first trade edition. Inscribed copies of the trade edition would appear to be far scarcer than copies of the signed limited edition which preceded this trade edition. Furthermore copies signed 'Mamie and Ike' in Ike's hand are decidedly uncommon.

Estimate: $1,000-1,200

LITERATURE

Lot 227

Jonker, Ingrid: VERSAMELDE WERKE

Published: Perskor, Johannesburg, 1975

First edition. Signed and dated inscription on front free endpaper from Jack Cope to Anna Jonker, Ingrid's sister: "For Anna, with love and in fond memory, Jack, Dec 1 1975".

Jonker took her own life in 1965, at the age of thirty-two. Nelson Mandela quoted from her poetry in his speech at his inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994. In a later edition, Jack Cope and William Plomer stated in their introduction that: "…she was deeply affected by the racial tensions in her own country and her poems reveal her emotional involvement with the deprived and the oppressed, with the child, the aged person and the outcast, as well as with the bewilderments of her own identity."

Accompanied by a newspaper cutting dated May 29 1994, about Ingrid Jonker, written in response to President Mandela's quote. 

Estimate: $600

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