The third sale of the Brooke-Hitching library, Part 3 achieved a total of £1,229,642, well above its pre-sale high estimate. As with the previous two sales, bids came from around the world and new auction records were made.
The top price was £57,000 for a finely bound set of Samuel Purchas’s Pilgrimes (1625-26), followed by new auction records of £45,000 for the Huth-Penrose copy of Mortimer’s Observations and Remarks made during a Voyage… in the Brig Mercury (1791), £35,000 for Middleston’s The Last East-Indian Voyage (1606), and £32,500 for a first edition of Lind’s landmark Treatise of the Scurvy (1753).
Over 40 years, Franklin Brooke-Hitching assembled the finest private collection of English language books relating to voyages, exploration and discovery from the 16th century to the 1930s. Together they tell the story of mankind’s persistent quest - over half a millennium - to explore and understand the world. Many of the books are unique or very rare, including presentation copies and splendid bindings, and all are notable for being in the finest possible condition. The collection also contains books on science, medicine and natural history, with works on the health of seafarers, astronomy, the calculation of longitude and whaling.
The third part of this celebrated library featuring authors K-P will be offered on 19 March 2015, with a final sale to be held on 30 September.