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Auktion: Printed Books, Maps & Autographs
wurde versteigert am: 11. Mai 2016
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Printed Books, Maps & Autographs

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £
ca. 2.908 $ - 4.363 $
Zuschlagspreis:  1.300 £
ca. 1.890 $
Los-Nr. 162, Aufrufe: 145

A group of books and manuscripts written by or to James and William Sowerby, 1800's-1900's, comprising: Mawe (John) , Instructions for the Management of the Blow-Pipe, Chemical Tests, &c. Intended to Accompany Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy, Arranged to Assist the Learner, 1st edition, 1820, half title, hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, a few light spots, bookplate of William Sowerby, contemporary morocco-backed boards, spine vertically split, with upper cover detached, rubbed, 12mo, together with Lyell (Charles) , Principles of Geology, Being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, volume I only (of three), 2nd edition, 1832, engraved frontispiece, two engraved maps, one folding, publisher's catalogue at front, light offsetting and a few spots, bookplate of William Sowerby, original boards, spine split, text block in two halves, some wear to spine, 8vo, plus Salter (J.W.) & Henry Woodward , A Descriptive Catalogue of all the Genera and Species Contained in the Accompanying Chart of Fossil Crustacea, Showing the Range in Time of the Several Orders; with some Recent Types, illustrated by Upwards of Four Hundred and Ninety Figures, [1865], 16 steel-engraved linen-backed sections by J.W. Lowry (light uniform toning), 885 x 685mm (34.75 x 27ins), text inscribed in pencil at head of title: "J.W. Salter to J. Dibel(?), Aug 9th 1867", plus Smith (James Edward) , Compendium Florae Britannicae, 1816, scattered spotting and light toning, publisher's catalogue at front, bookplate of William Sowerby, original boards, some splits and chips to spine, 8vo, inscribed to front endpaper: "Mr Sowerby, from his sincere friend the author", additionally inscribed to half title "Sowerby's Museum", with other manuscript letters, documents, books and related items including printed vellum documents from the City of London, awarding the freedom of the City of London to James De Carle Sowerby (1814), Wiliam Sowerby (1899), Edward Scargill (1812), Edward Scargill Junior (1848) and Thomas William Scargill (1900), a printed French visa for a passage from London to Dieppe for James Sowerby, 1820, a manuscript map charting the course of the 'Countess of Elgin', London to Australia, 1852-53, inscribed to James Edward Byrant from the author (A.J. Jolly), six manuscript letters from Prince Francis of Teck to William Sowerby, 1875-90 [Teck, president of the Royal Botanic Society to Sowerby, secretary of the same], other stamped envelopes addressed to J.B. & J.J. Sowerby, unused postcards and stationery etc Perhaps the greatest collective contribution of James de Carle Sowerby (1787-1871) and William Sowerby (1827-1906) to the Victorian scientific scene was the establishment of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Society, in the administration of which the family were heavily involved until the 20th century, best represented here with a series of letters from the Society's honorary president, Francis of Teck. Several of the books in this group bear the bookplate of William Sowerby and one bears the inscription of 'Sowerby's Museum'. The larger portion of the Sowerby family archive remained in family ownership until the 1960s, when the death of William Sowerby's grandson James Frank Sowerby (1887-1968), precipitated its dispersal into the book trade and at auction, much of it acquired by the Natural History Museum (reference I. MSS Sowerby Coll). (small carton)

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Auktionshaus: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
Titel: Printed Books, Maps & Autographs
Auktionsdatum: 11.05.2016
Adresse: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
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