The selection of books, manuscripts and drawings which is to be offered on 7 December represents the cream of this distinguished collection, built up by successive generations of the Fermor-Hesketh family. The items show the best of every aspect of the bibliophile's endeavour: typography, illustration, illumination, literary and historical importance, and fine binding.
The majority of the lots on offer were acquired by Frederick, 2nd Baron Hesketh (1916-1955), who bought them in a golden age of book collecting, when, paradoxically, great rarities seemed almost commonplace. Few collections can boast of both Audubon's Birds of America (lot 50) and Shakespeare's First Folio (lot 13), yet Lord Hesketh acquired a magnificent subscriber's copy of the Birds, and a crisp, textually complete Folio in an early binding within a space of a few years.
Please ignore the words "as here" in the first line of the fourth paragraph. This is indeed the first edition.
One other sheet is cleanly torn across at the head.
Notice for lots 51-91: As is usual for Old Master drawings, VAT, or an amount in lieu of VAT, will not be charged on the hammer price but will be charged at the standard rate on the buyer's premium. This may be zero rated or refunded if lots are exported out of the EU.