The greatest highlight of this rich and diverse sale is perhaps the ultimate Sherlock Holmes rarity: a copy of the first printing of A Study in Scarlet inscribed by the author (one of only two such copies known). Among the other literary highlights are a manuscript commonplace book associated with the Restoration courtier poet the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, a newly identified portrait of Edward Gibbon, the autograph manuscript of an unpublished poem by the Scottish poet Robert Fergusson, rare printed poetical miscellanies, a collection of first editions and inscribed works by the Romantics, and autograph manuscript notes by Jorge Luis Borges on de Quincey and Keats.
The historical documents included in the sale begin with items signed by Queen Elizabeth I and her leading courtiers. There are a number of important collections of letters on political and diplomatic subjects, most notably a series of 47 letters by the poet and diplomat Matthew Prior from the court of Louis XIV, but also a long series by the First Earl of Jersey about the 1697 Peace of Ryswick, and another series discussing George III's younger brother Prince Edward. Britain's maritime heritage is represented by a rare 18th century manuscript volume of ship designs, six letters by Nelson, and a deck plan of the Titanic. The rich children's and illustrated section includes an exceptional collection of chapbooks, a fine E.H. Shepard drawing of Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin, and a large collection of drawings for Punch by Sir John Tenniel.