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Books, Manuscripts & Maps

Nicholas Worskett

Following 17 years in the Book Department at Christie’s South Kensington, where he became successively Head of Department and Senior Specialist, Nicholas joined Chiswick Auctions in 2009 where he puts together 4-5 book sales a year. Although he has a broad knowledge and experience of books and manuscripts in most areas, from incunables to Harry Potter, his particular interests are 19th and 20th-century literature, modern first editions, private press and illustrated books, and maps and atlases.

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Contact Nicholas – nicholas@chiswickauctions.co.uk

Highlights of book sales during the last 3 years

Lot 90, 17 November 2009

MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner, 1928, original cloth, dust-jacket. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST TRADE EDITION. World Record price for this edition.

Sold for £2,000

Lot 197, 17 November 2009

BACON, Francis – Eadweard MUYBRIDGE. The Human Figure in Motion, 1955. INSCRIBED, ANNOTATED AND HEAVILY PAINT-MARKED BY FRANCIS BACON.

Sold for £9,400

Lot 212, 17 November 2009

WILDE, Oscar. The Sphinx, 1894, original vellum gilt. ONE OF LESS THAN 200 COPIES, IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY TO E. F. BENSON, inscribed, “To E. F. Benson, with the compliments of the author, Oscar Wilde, June [18]94.”

Sold for £8,000

Lot 20, 16 March 2010

The Pirate and the Trader’s of the West Indies, 1847, game in the form of a folding hand-coloured lithographed map. RARE.

Sold for £2,900

Lot 22, 16 March 2010

GAYER, G. W. Foot Prints. An Aid to the Detection of Crime for the Police and Magistracy, Calcutta, 1909, contemporary half calf. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE.

Sold for £1,100

Lot 35, 16 March 2010

LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Contes et Nouvelles, 1762, contemporary morocco. “Edition des Fermiers Generaux.”

Sold for £1,700

Lot 17, 22 June 2010

PALLADIO, Andrea. The Architecture, 1721, contemporary calf.

Sold for £1,800

Lot 18, 22 June 2010

PASS, Crispin van de. Hortus Floridus, 1616-17, contemporary vellum.

Sold for £4,000

Lot 131, 22 June 2010

MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo. The Prince, 1640, contemporary vellum. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH.

Sold for £12,500

Lot 12, 28 September 2010

BANKS, Joseph. Florilegium, 1980-90, 33 original parts.

Sold for £6,600

Lot 15, 25 January 2011

ASIMOV, Isaac. I, Robot, 1950, original cloth, dust-jacket. FIRST EDITION.

Sold for £550

Lot 45, 25 January 2011

NIELSEN, Kay (illustrator). East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914, original vellum. ONE OF 500 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.

Sold for £4,200

Lot 119, 25 January 2011

KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works, 1912-27, 26 volumes, EXCEPTIONALLY FINELY BOUND BY RIVIERE. BOMBAY EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

Sold for £2,700

Lot 156, 25 January 2011

GOULD, John. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains, 1832, 76 hand-coloured lithographed plates. FIRST EDITION OF GOULD’S FIRST WORK.

Sold for £3,800

Lot 157, 25 January 2011

“MISS SMITH.” Studies of Flowers from Nature, 1818, 20 aquatint plates, 10 of which coloured by hand, contemporary red morocco. Bought by the Library of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Sold for £5,500

Lot 465, 13 September 2011

MILLER, Philip. The Gardener’s Dictionary, 1731, contemporary calf. FIRST EDITION.

Sold for £1,100

Lot 472, 13 September 2011

SELLER, John. Atlas Minimus, 1678, 52 engraved maps, contemporary calf.

Sold for £6,200

Lot 11, 8 November 2011

BRAQUEHAIS, Bruno. “Album Historique de Malheurs de Paris,” 1870-71, 25 original photographs, in an album.

Sold for £3,000.

Lot 106, 8 November 2011

A Qu’ran on 360 leaves, ?19th-century.

Sold for £3,500.

Lot 27, 10 January 2012

ACCUM, Frederick. Description of the Process of Manufacturing Coal Gas, 1820, in an EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PUBLISHER’S BINDING. Bought by a descendent of the original binder.

Sold for £1,550

Lot 36A, 20 March 2012

CHESTERTON, G. K. Autograph letter on 4 pages, written by Chesterton whilst a pupil at St Paul’s School, [1886]. Bought by St Paul’s School for their archives.

Sold for £520

Lot 49, 12 June 2012

STOKER, Bram. Dracula, 1897, modern morocco. FIRST EDITION.

Sold for £1,350

Lot 162, 12 June 2012

FLEMING, Ian. Casino Royale, 1954, original cloth, dust-jacket. FIRST EDITION, third impression.

Sold for £1,500

Lot 206, 12 June 2012

COBURN, Alvin Langdon. New York, 1909, 20 photogravure plates, original cloth, dust-jacket.

Sold for £5,000

Lot 272, 12 June 2012

SPEED, John. America, 1626, engraved map.

Sold for £2,350

Lot 8, 4 September 2012

SORINE, Savely. Portraits, 1929, 32 coloured portraits.

Sold for £2,500

Lot 17, 4 September 2012

BEATON, Cecil. Fine original watercolour design for the dust-jacket of Gertrude Stein’s “Wars I Have Seen.”

Sold for £1,600

Lot 49, 4 September 2012

HERGE. The Adventures of Tintin. Flight 714, 1968, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by the artist.

Sold for £1,050

Lot 99, 4 September 2012

WELLS, H.G.  The Outline of History, 1920, 2 volumes, copiously annotated and corrected by the author.

Sold for £1,550

Lot 34, 5 March 2013

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1800, containing Volta’s first announcement of the electric battery and various papers by Herschel

Sold for £1,750

Lot 141, 11 June 2013

SIMPSON, William. India Ancient and Modern, 1867, 2 volumes, 50 chromolithographed plates

Sold for £15,500

Lot 142, 11 June 2013

TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Hobbit, 1937, FIRST EDITION, without the dust-jacket

Sold for £1,250

Lot 235, 11 June 2013

A substantial album of autograph letters, signed photographs, clipped signatures etc including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw and many others, and a pen and ink self-portrait by William Orpen

Sold for £2,600

Lot 57, 10 September 2013

An important archive relating principally to the Sandford family of Sandford Hall, Shropshire, comprising approximately 150 autograph letters dated 1604 – 1777, and a number of documents on vellum. Bought by Shropshire County Council for their archives.

Sold for £2,700

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