Overall the auction comfortably exceeded pre-sale estimates, with strong prices in all areas. The price achieved for Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia was an auction record; material relating to China and the near and middle also performed outstandingly. Cartography proved popular, with a 1482 Ptolemaic atlas selling for over high estimate, and a rare 18th-century map of the Philippines being contested by several bidders.
This particularly strong and diverse sale includes private collections of natural history, topographical and costume books, photographs of China and maps from the library of the Duke of Northumberland. Individual highlights are a first Ulm edition of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia(1482), a first edition of Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1731-1743), Prince Alexis Soltykoff’s Voyage dans l'Inde (elephant folio, c.1850), and General Allenby’s copy of T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom (one of 170 complete copies, 1926).