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Auction results for books. Ian Fleming, A.A. Milne, Herman Melville, Arthur Rackham, Graham Greene, Edgar Allan Poe, Rupert Bear, J. K. Rowling and others including antiquarian books.

Continuing this series of recent prices achieved for books at auction, I'm covering the period here from 4th February to 10th February 2021. Included are antiquarian and collectible books of various subjects and by various authors: Topographical, medical, natural history, Harry Potter, A.A. Milne, Rupert Bear, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rackham, Graham Greene and a host of others.

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Here are some highlights: All prices below include the stated buyers premium on each item, as outlined by each auction house. Books are usually exempt from UK V.A.T. The prices below do not include any additional fees such as online platform commissions and postage.

4th February 2021

  • Forum Auctions
  • 220 Queenstown Road, London, SW8 4LP (UK)
    • 1973-84 Eugene Boudin 1824-1898, a set of four volumes by Robert Schmit which includes the first supplement (a second was issued later), limited edition published by Gallerie Schmidt, very good condition. Sold for £655
    • 1811 The History of the Kingdom of Ireland by Richard Burton, illustrated with woodcuts, published by Westminster, good condition. Sold for £131
    • 1872 A Natural History of British Moths by Rev. Francis Orpen Mossis, in four volumes, 132 hand-coloured lithograph plates, publisher not stated - believed to be Bell & Daldy, good condition, ex library. Sold for £183.40
    • 1685 A Systeme of Anatomy, treating of the Body of Man, Beasts, Birds, Fish, Insects, and Plants by Samuel Collins, in two volumes, first edition published by Thomas Newcomb, good condition. Sold for £1,113.50
    • 1884 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), first English edition published by Chatto & Windus, very good condition. Sold for £628.80
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2000 In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, published by the Folio Society in six volumes with two slipcases (three volumes to each), in good condition. Sold for £130
    • 2000 Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, signed by the author, 1st edition published by Bloomsbury Books, in very good condition. Sold for £368
    • 1875 Golf - A Royal And Ancient Game by Robert Clark, first edition published by R. & R. Clark, poor condition, a reading copy. Sold for £146
    • 1679 Astronomicon. Interpretatione et Notis ac Figuris illustravit Michael Fayvs.In usum serenissimi Delphini. Accesserunt V.Ill. Petri Danielis Huetii animadversiones ad Manilum & Scaligeri Notas by M. Manilius, published by Frericum Leonard, in fair condition. Sold for £135
    • 2003 The XT500 Story - Yamaha XT TT 500 Book, "The Mythical Thumper" by Marc Unau, commissioned by Yamaha for a limited print run of 1,000 copies, in mint condition. Sold for £241.50

5th February 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1950 Rupert Bear Annual, illustrated by Alfred Bestall and published by the Daily Express, fine condition. Sold for £140
    • 2006 Little Miss Stella created by Adam Hargreaves, publisher not stated, a limited edition of 1,000 copies published as fashion show invitations, paperback, mint condition. Sold for £290
    • 1999 Early Dylan: Photographs by Barry Feinstein, Daniel Kramer and Jim Marshall, a limited edition of 250 copies, signed by Brian Roylance, published by Genesis Publications, in mint condition with similar slipcase. Sold for £350
    • 1798 The History, Civil and Ecclesiastical Sermon of The Antiquities of Winchester by Rev. John Milner, published in two volumes with fold-out map and engravings, publisher not stated, binding worn with front board (Volume 1) detached, fair overall condition. Sold for £155

6th February 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1790 The Duty of Constables, containing instructions to constables, petty constables, head boroughs, tythingmen, &c, in the several particulars of their office, printed by J. Salter, staple bound, good condition. Sold for £295
    • 1919 The Book of the Naturalist by W.H. Hudson, signed by the author, first edition published by Hodder & Stoughton, very good condition. Sold for £250

7th February 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2018 British Airways: To Fly To Serve, 100 Years Of Aviation Posters by Paul Jarvis, published by Amberley Publishing, softcover, very good condition. Sold for £121,96
    • 1940 Billy and Bunny Book, published by John Leng & Co, good condition with some repairs. Sold for £170
    • 1751-68 Leapor's Poems by Mrs Leapor of Brackley, volumes 1 and 2, published by J. Roberts (London), fair condition with wear to the binding and page toning. Sold for £161.89
    • 2009 Myths & Legends Of Russia by Alexandr Afanas'ev, with illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, published by the Folio Society, 1st edition in this format, fine condition. Sold for £123

8th February 2021

  • Gorringes
  • 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PD (UK)
    • 1919 Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by Harry Clarke, good condition, stained boards. Sold for £196.80
    • 2009 Moby Dick by Herman Melville, illustrated Rockwell Kent, limited edition, number 183 of 1750 published by the Folio Society, bound in black leather blocked in white and silver,with solander case, fine condition. Sold for £565.80
    • 1816 English Topography: or, a Series of Historical and Statistical Descriptions of Several Counties of England and Wales by Joseph Nightingale, published by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, 1/8th leather binding, marbled boards, illustrated with maps, very good condition. Sold for £442.80
    • 1919 Some British Ballads illustrated by Arthur Rackham, limited edition numbered 570 of 575, signed in ink by the artist, 16 tipped-in coloured plates, published by Constable & Co, bound in quarter vellum, very good condition. Sold for £295.20
    • 1930 The Name of Action by Graham Greene, 1st edition published by William Heinemann, original publisher's blue cloth, lacking dust jacket, fair condition. Sold for £123
    • 1961 Thunderball by Ian Fleming, 1st edition (1st impression, 1st issue), with dust jacket, very good condition in similar unclipped dust jacket, some toning to prelims. Sold for £516.60
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2012 The Last Warriors: A Focus On German Hells Angels by Lutz Schelhorn, 2nd revised edition published by Facko81 in duel English/German languages, mint condition with similar dust jacket. Sold for £85
    • 2006 Peter Beard - The Art Edition, numbered and signed limited edition published by Taschen, quarter leather binding and matching solander slipcase, in very good condition with some cover faults. Sold for £830
    • 1968 Leaping To Fame by Peter Bonetti, first edition published by Stanley Paul, good condition. Sold for £77

9th February 2021

  • Cotswold Auction Company, Chapel Walk Saleroom, Chapel Walk, Cheltenham, GL50 3DS (UK)
    • 1968 Tiger Flower by Robert Vavra with illustrations by Fleur Cowles, 1st edition published by Collins, inscribed and signed by the illustrator, good condition in similar dust jacket. Sold for £36.60
    • 1933 Collected Poems, Volume 1 by V. Sackville-West, (no second volume was published), limited edition of 150 signed copies, published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf, cloth binding with vellum backstrip, good condition. Sold for £512.40
    • 1909 American Beauties by Harrison Fisher with decorations by E Stetson Crawford, published by The Bobbs Merrill Company, orange cloth binding, very good condition. Sold for £48.80
  • Stride & Son
  • Southdown House, St. John's Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1XQ (UK)
    • 1903 Highland & Jacobite Exhibition: Official Catalogue of Exhibits, limited edition of 12 presentation copies, bound in tartan cloth, good condition. Sold for £188.80
    • 1828 Select Illustrations of the County of Surrey comprising Picturesque Views of the Seats of the Nobility and Gentry… by G.F. Prosser, with plates and vignettes, published by C & J Rivington, bound in morocco with marbled edges, good condition with scuffing, toning and foxing. Sold for £141.60
    • 1951 A King's Story…the Memoirs of HRH The Duke of Windsor K.G… by Edward VII, 1st edition published by Cassell, tipped in inscription by Edward VII, good condition in similar dust jacket, some light foxing. Sold for £200.60
    • 1806 An Account of a Voyage to India, China &c in His Majesty's Ship Caroline, performed in the years 1803-4-5, printed for Richard Phillips, modern red quarter calf binging, good condition. Sold for £320
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2017 The Book Of Dust by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Chris Wormell, numbered deluxe limited edition with slipcase, signed by the author, 1st edition in this format published by Penguin, mint condition (sealed). Sold for £255
    • 1940 Raggedy Ann And The Golden Butterfly by Johnny Gruelle with illustrations by the author, 1st edition published by Kingsport Press, illustrated boards, in fine condition. Sold for £90.96

10th February 2021

  • Bonhams
  • Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH (UK)
    • 1922 The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913 by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, in two volumes, 1st edition published by Constable & Co, untrimmed edges, original publisher's cloth boards, very good condition, some toning. Sold for £3,825
    • 1861 Report on the Zanzibar Dominions by Christopher Palmer Rigby, author's presentation copy to his wife, 1st edition printed by the Education Society's Press (Byculla), in publisher's wrappers, good condition. Sold for £3,188
    • 1864 A Walk Across Africa by John Augustus Grant, author's presentation copy, 1st edition published by William Blackwood, good condition with some faults. Sold for £5,100
    • 1869 A Cruise in the Gorgon, or, Eighteen Months on H.M.S. Gorgon, engaged in the Suppression of the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa, including a Trip up the Zambesi with Dr Livingstone by William Cope Devereux, author's presentation copy, bound in publisher's blue cloth, good condition. Sold for £1,913
    • 1632 Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada, by Samuel de Champlain, 2nd issue of the 1st edition in this format published by Claude Collet, with later inserted map of Canada dated 1864, vellum binding, housed in later solander box, good condition. Sold for £45,250
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1820 History Of Wonderful Fishes by unknown (possibly the publisher), published by Christopher Bentham, fair condition, front board detached. Sold for £121.13
    • 1640 Emblems and Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man (Book II) by Francis Quarles, with engravings by F.H. Van Hove, poor condition with some page loss. Sold for £78.91