Printed Books and Manuscripts
Simon, who started collecting antiquarian books at the age of ten, worked as an actor for many years before deciding to turn his passion for books into a new career. Beginning as a valuer in the antiquarian section at Oxfam Books in Bloomsbury, he then interned in the book department at Chiswick Auctions, and worked for Shapero Rare Books in Mayfair, before returning in early 2015 to assist Nicholas Worskett as the Assistant Specialist in the department. Simon enjoys collecting travel material and has an eye for anything quirky or curious.
Consultant in Books and Manuscripts and Special Collections
Nicholas read English Language and Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, where, like all students, he spent every available moment of his day and night slaving away in libraries. 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. You can follow his private blog: http://www.nicholasworskett.com
The next specialist sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts will take place on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 at 13.00.
If you are interested in selling books, letters, maps and other printed ephemera, please contact our Head of Department, Simon Nuckley
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A selection of exceptional books and manuscripts sold at Chiswick Auctions:
MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner, 1928. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST TRADE EDITION. World Record price for this edition.
Sold for £2,000
BACON, Francis – Eadweard MUYBRIDGE. The Human Figure in Motion, 1955. INSCRIBED, ANNOTATED AND HEAVILY PAINT-MARKED BY FRANCIS BACON.
Sold for £9,400
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 94.”
Sold for £8,000
PASS, Crispin van de. Hortus Floridus, 1616-17.
Sold for £4,000
MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo. The Prince, 1640. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH.
Sold for £12,500
BANKS, Joseph. Florilegium, 1980-90, 33 original parts.
Sold for £6,600
NIELSEN, Kay (illustrator). East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914. ONE OF 500 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.
Sold for £4,200
“MISS SMITH.” Studies of Flowers from Nature, 1818. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE. Purchased for the Collection of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
Sold for £5,500
SELLER, John. Atlas Minimus, 1678.
Sold for £6,200
A Qu’ran on 360 leaves, [?]18th-century.
Sold for £3,500
CHESTERTON, G. K. Autograph letter by Chesterton written as a pupil at St Paul’s School, . Bought by St Paul’s School for their archives.
Sold for £520
COBURN, Alvin Langdon. “New York”, 1909.
Sold for £5,000
SPEED, John. “America”, 1626, engraved map.
Sold for £2,350
SIMPSON, William. India Ancient and Modern, 1867.
Sold for £15,500
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 for the archive of Shropshire County Council.
Sold for £2,700
THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE HANS FELLNER (1925-96)
Over the last two years Chiswick Auctions have had the pleasure and the privilege of handling a significant portion of the library of the late Hans Fellner, sales which have, so far, realised in excess of £400,000. A list of the many highlights will appear here in due course once the library has been sold in its entirety, and the series of Chiswick catalogues, we hope, will eventually comprise a scholarly record and, indeed, a celebration of, one of the most extraordinary private book collections ever to come onto the market in the UK. We are honoured to have been entrusted with its care.