English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations
Online Auction: 1–8 December 2020 • 2:00 PM GMT • London

English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations 1–8 December 2020 • 2:00 PM GMT • London

T his sale is a typically capacious offering of books and manuscripts in nearly 230 lots, its rich variety of highlights ranging from leaves from the first book printed in Scotland to a celebration of Ferrari design.


English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations

Science & History

This is followed by a section of science and history, which includes many of the greatest highlights of this sale, most notably notes by Isaac Newton on the secrets of the Pyramids, but also a copy of Darwin’s rare first separate publication, Letters to Henslow, Hayek’s Road to Serfdom inscribed in Karl Popper, and much else.

Lot 61, NEWTON Autograph manuscript notes on the Great Pyramid and other subjects, c.1680s, £280,000-400,000

Isaac Newton On The Great Pyramid

The pyramids at Giza are not just the greatest architectural marvels that survive of the ancient world: to Newton, as to many others, they were a key that could unlock profound secrets. The Great Pyramid could help him glean an understanding of Biblical prophecy; it could lead him to a knowledge of the timing of the Apocalypse; he also is likely to have hoped that it could provide the proof for his Theory of Gravity. MANUSCRIPTS BY NEWTON TOUCHING ON SO MANY ASPECTS OF HIS PROGRAMME OF STUDY - FROM GRAVITY TO THE APOCALYPSE - ARE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ON THE MARKET. Although fragmentary and damaged by fire, these unpublished notes are of great interest.

Jack B. Yeats & W.B. Yeats


Available For Private Sale

PICKERING, WILLIAM Substantial collection of upwards of over 530 of the best works published and designed by the celebrated nineteenth-century publisher William Pickering (1796-1854)

Asking Price: 350,000 GBP

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