Printed Books, Manuscripts and Maps - Preview Gallery

Bellmans is delighted to present our specialist book auction, Printed Books, Manuscripts and Maps, on the 9th December 2021, West Sussex at 1pm. This unique sale showcases many fabulous literary works, first editions and enchanting bindings. From William Shakespeare to H. G. Wells and Beatrix Potter to Conrad Gesner's stunning woodcut illustrations of birds, the auction really does seem to have something for everyone.

We hope you enjoy the preview highlights below!

Lot 545 | GESNER, Conrad. Vogelbuch. Zürich, 1557, folio, 219 fine woodcut illustrations of birds, in an exceptionally fine contemporary pigskin binding. First German edition. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000 (plus BP).


Lot 514 | RAVEL, Maurice. Epigrammes de Clément Marot.[1900], 2 parts, original wrappers. First edition, presentation copy, the first part inscribed and signed by the composer. (2) Estimate: £400-£600 (plus BP).
Lot 526 | NICHOLSON, William (illustrator). An Alphabet. London, 1899, 25 coloured lithographed plates by Nicholson, original coloured pictorial boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the artist. £500-£800 (plus BP).
Lot 541 | SHAKESPEARE, William. Julius Cæsar. A Tragedy. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal. London, 1691, stitched. THE SECOND QUARTO EDITION. £1,000-£1,500 (plus BP).
Lot 551 | GALILEI, Galileo. Il Saggiatore, Rome, 1623, contemporary vellum. First Edition. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000 (plus BP).
Lot 560A| POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. London, [April, 1903], 31 full-page coloured illustrations by Beatrix Potter, original boards. First Warne edition, fourth issue. Estimate: £500-£800 (plus BP).
Lot 661 | WELLS, H. G. The Time Machine. London, 1895, original publisher's buckram. First edition. Estimate: £1,500-£2,500 (plus BP).