Chorley’s have handled sales from several important libraries and collections. These include The F Alan Underwood ‘Kipling’ Collection 2011; Private Collection of Gloucestershire books 2015; Selected volumes from Ombersley Court 2019 and Selected volumes from Spetchley Park 2020. We have an unrivalled reputation for selling books relating to Gloucestershire including a world record price of £2,800 for a copy of Annalia Dubrensia (Mr Robert Dovers Olimpick Games upon Cotswold-Hills) and we regularly achieve top prices for Atkyn’s Glostershire and works by Samuel Lysons.
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Annalia Dubrensia, Upon the Yeerely Celebration of Mr Robert Dovers Olimpick Games upon Cotswold-Hills, various authors, London, printed by Robert Raworth for Mathew Walbancke 1636, 1st edition with 1794 engraved frontispiece.
Sold for £2,800 + buyers premium
Elizabeth Blackwell, A Curious Herbal, 1782, 2 volumes, folio, hand coloured engraved plates. Provenance: Ombersley Court, Worcestershire.
Sold for £17,000 + buyers premium
Mary Shelley, The Last Man, First Edition, 3 vols., 1826. 12mo., orig. boards uncut (some wear to spines), Vol. 3 last leaf has advert for Frankenstein. Provenance: Spetchley Park, Worcestershire.
Sold for £6,500 + buyers premium
William Bruton, Newes from the East Indies, 1638, with a woodcut frontispiece and one other woodcut illustration, Sm 4to, half-green morocco.
Sold for £9,500 + buyers premium
Sir Robert Atkyns, The Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, T Spilsbury for W Herbert, 1768, 2nd edition.
Sold for £3,200 + buyers premium
Samuel Lysons, An Account of the Roman Antiquities discovered at Woodchester in the County of Gloucester, London 1797, folio, full calf.
Sold for £4,800 + buyers premium
Francis Frith, Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: text by Poole (S) and Poole ( R S) A collection of Twenty Photographic Views, London, James S. Virtue, publr. [c.1860], with twenty mammoth albumen prints, each 38cm x 48cm, some signed and dated '1858' in negatives; each with letterpress credit, title, date and descriptive text, mounted one-per-page, Elephant fo., Black hf. leath.,gt, credited and titled in gt. on front cover and spine.
Sold for £55,000 + buyers premium