Results of Chiswick Auctions' May 25 Sale

On Wednesday 25th May Chiswick Auctions held a successful sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts.  

A number of key pieces sold very well. Star lots included: 

Sold: £27,600 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 37 - CRICKET - John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1896. London: John Wisden and Co., [1896]. 8vo. Yellow/brown pastedowns and endpapers, pastedown advertising "Crawfords Patent 'Exceller' Bats, front endpaper with "John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack" for 1896, photographed plate of W.G. Grace (occasional spotting, previous, possibly a dealer's, label removed from front endpaper). Original brown cloth, spine titled in gilt with "1896. Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. 1896". Front board with titles in gilt and John Wisden and Co., 21, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C. in gilt at the base of the board (tail and head of spine creased, corners bumped, dent to the right foredges some wear to cloth). The first edition to be produced in hardback. back. With John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1897. London: John Wisden and Co., [1897]. 8vo. Yellow/brown pastedowns and endpapers, pastedown advertising "Crawfords Patent 'Exceller' Bats" depicting a cricket bat. Front endpaper with "John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1897", photographed plate depicting Five Cricketers of the Year (occasional spotting, previous, possibly a dealer's, label removed from front endpaper). Spine titled in gilt with "1897. Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. 1897." Front board with titles in gilt and John Wisden and Co., 21, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C. in gilt at the base of the board (tail and head of spine creased, corners bumped,dent to the right foredges some wear to cloth). With Lillywhite's Guide to Cricketers with a Review and Averages of the Past Season. London: W. Kent & Co., 1865. 8vo. (Occasional light spotting). Original tan coloured wrappers (slight creases) and John Wisden's Cricketers Almanack for 1884. London: John Wisden and Co., 1884. (Occasional spotting.) Original salmon coloured wrappers (minor creasing). (7)

Sold: £3,000 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 103 - Minotaure. Paris: Albert Skira, Tériade, [1933-1939]. 13 instalments in 11 volumes, folio, illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers.

Sold: £3,600 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 154 - A quantity of journals, pamphlets, magazines and programmes relating to surrealism including "Coupure", "Melmoth", "Living Art", "W" and "Brumes Blondes." (qty)

Sold: £2,400 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 257 - QUEEN ANNE PLAYING CARDS - A set of 50 wood-engraved pictorial playing cards and a "frontispiece" card with a portrait of Queen Anne (only, of 5) depicting scenes from the early life of Anne (Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1702-14), the 50 playing cards with suit and number in the top border, captioned in the lower border, [c. 1707], each card 90 x 60mm. (some cards worn and frayed with loss, many laid down, some light staining), contained in a grey metal box with lid. The lot sold no subject to return. (51)

Sold: £1,080 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 316 - [PHILLIPPS, Sir Thomas (1792-1872)]. Ms. Catalogue of armorial crests and genealogy. Small Folio. Illustrated with family trees throughout. Contemporary boards (joints weakened, extremities chipped/worn). [With]: A coat of arms drawn in colour of "The Palace of Lichfield. May 1872", loosely-inserted. Provenance: Sir T P Middlehill (stamped monogram). Includes pencil annotation to the front pastedown discussing the development of Oxford: "I was at Oxford, a fellow's face pitted like a Gruyere cheese -  Since I left Oxford in 1815 a new town has [?]sprung up called Summers Town, between Oxford & Woodstock, being frightful houses built of brick this year (1826). They have built an ugly brick house in Balliol College garden". In an old hand is inscribed "Phillipps Ms 54". Phillipps was was a distinguished English antiquary and collector of books and manuscripts.

Sold: £4,080 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 163 - ARTAUD, Antonin (1896-1948).  Heliogabale ou l' Anarchiste Couronne. Paris: Les Editions Denoel et Steele, 1934. 8vo. Half title, 6 vignettes by Andre Derain. Original green printed wrappers, glassine dust-jacket (wrappers a little faded, jacket with small piece torn away and some chipping). FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 2 OF 5 COPIES. Heliogabale was the author's last work before his confinement in a mental hospital. VERY RARE.

The next Printed Books and Manuscripts sale will be taking place on Wednesday 27th July 2016. For more information, free valuations and entries for 2016 specialist auctions please contact: Nicholas Worskett and Simon Nuckley, Specialists - Books nicholas@chiswickauctions.co.uk  020 8992 4442.

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