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Bloomsbury Godalming Bibliophile Auction

On 18th March the Godalming saleroom is hosting another of Bloomsbury Auctions popular Bibliophile sales.

This time the sale offers a substantial selection of fifty two Art Reference Books including The Drawings of the Florentine Painters and Italian Pictures of the Renaissance by the renowned art historian Bernard Berenson (lots 12 and 13), each estimated £300-500. The Italian Renaissance Interior 1400-1600 by Peter Thornton is another fascinating tome and together with other similar books in lot 51, it too is estimated £300-500. Noteworthy amongst the Travel Books is an 1818 first edition of Captain Basil Hall’s Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea and the Great Loo-Choo Island (lot 114) which is expected to fetch £300-500. The Gun at Home and Abroad (lot 160) might well appeal to those interested in Sports and Pastimes (estimate £300-400).

For some reason Bloomsbury has always attracted books on bees and bee-keeping and in this sale there is a group of six such items in lot 181, including a first edition of Melisselogia, or, the Female Monarchy, Being an Enquiry into the Nature, Order and Government of Bees by John Thorley, estimated £300-400.

A two volume Latin and Hebrew Bible edited by Benjamin Kennicott 1776-80 (lot 255) is estimated (£600-800), while the 1888 A Dream of John Ball and a King’s Lesson by William Morris (lot 302) with a frontispiece etched by Edward Burne-Jones is expected to fetch £250-350.