AntiquarianAuctions.com Auction #62 Highlights, Oct. 5-12

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Highlights:

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Harris (William Cornwallis) Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa 

Published: London, 1840 Estimate: $12,500/15,000

One of the most important and valuable of the large folio works on South African fauna..... In addition to the beautiful coloured engravings (sic) which render this work almost the most highly prized of the books relating to South African animals, every plate is accompanied by an exhaustive chapter upon the characteristics of the animal represented, as well as by a short sketch of its personal appearance.

Lot 2

Potocki (Count Joseph) Sport in Somaliland (Limited edition signed by Rowland Ward)

Published: Rowland Ward Limited, London, 1900

Estimate: $10,000/15,000

Writing in diary fashion, Potocki recounts his hunting experiences and those of his companions, Counts Tomasz Zamoyski and Jan

Grudzinski. The hunters move through raw, primitive terrain, a land which was changeless yet ever changing. Clearly Potocki was entranced by his Somaliland experience. First published in Polish in 1897, illustrated by Piotr Stachiewicz an artist whose work is little known in the English-speaking world. Rowland Ward used the same illustrations in the English edition which was limited to 200 copies and sold for four guineas. It is now one of the rarities of the genre.

Lot 7

Pease (Sir Alfred E.) Travel and Sport in Africa Published: Arthur L. Humphreys, London, 1902 Estimate: $3,000/4,000

Pease recounts ten years of travel and hunting thorough various parts of Africa in this monumental late Victorian work. Volume One details Algeria and the Sahara regions with attendant sport after lions and antelope species. In Volume Two Pease describes his time spent in Somaliland with hunts after lions and elephants, as well as antelopes, moths and butterflies. Volume Three continues a later expedition into Somaliland and southern Abyssinia hunting lions, elephants, rhino and antelopes.

Lot 43

Roosevelt (Theodore) and Heller (Edmund) Life-Histories of African Game Animals

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1914

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

Published four years after the well-publicized Smithsonian African expedition, which Roosevelt headed and Heller accompanied, this massive work details the species bagged on that adventure, as well as other specimens taken on safaris by the likes of Rainey, Tjader, Powell-Cotton, and others. While most of the text is of a zoological nature, there are plenty of hunting anecdotes supplied by the authors and such note-worthies as A.E. Pease. The numerous maps show game distribution in Africa, and there is a good bibliography of sporting, natural history, and exploration works.

Lot 82

De Saint Pierre (James Henry Bernardin) Studies of Nature Published: C. Dilly, in the Poultry, London, 1799

Estimate: $320/400

The scope of the work varies from the basic descriptions of the plant and animal kingdoms to the applications of laws of nature as the explanation of disorder in society. The third volume also contains other literary works including, Paul and Virginia, the story of two island children who grew up together and fell in love, only to end tragically when civilization interferes.

Lot 95

[Robertson (A Cunningham)] Historical Record of The King's Liverpool Regiment of Foot

Published: Harrison and Sons, London, 1883

Estimate: $200/300

Historical Record of The King's Liverpool Regiment of Foot, containing an account of The Formation of the Regiment in 1685, and of its subsequent services to 1881; also, succession lists of the officers who served in each of the Regimental Ranks, with biographical notices and summaries of their war services. Illustrated with plates. Second Edition.

Lot 198

Pausanias (Nicolas Gedoyn) Pausanias ou Voyage Historique de la Grece

Published: Aux depens de la Compagnie, Amsterdam, 1733

Estimate: $800/1,000

Pausanias' text records contemporary interpretations of monuments and traditions, and is concerned with the identity and history of Greece, issues that were crucial concerns for Greeks under Roman rule. Pausanias' treatment of geography and his descriptions of landscapes, cities and artworks are considered in detail, and there is also a study of his methods as a historian.

Lot 201

The first edition probable second state binding with the top edge unstained. This autobiographical work contains many anecdotes of Lewis's literary contemporaries such as James Joyce, W.H. Auden, Noel Coward - and of South African interest, Roy Campbell. A near fine unmarked copy in a near fine slightly spine darkened dustwrapper. (Morrow A26; 2000 copies printed, less than 1000 in binding 2) 

Lewis (Wyndham) Blasting and Bombardiering Published: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1937 Estimate: $200/300

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