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Auction: Children's & Illustrated Books
was auctioned on: 15 December 2016
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Children's & Illustrated Books

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Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500
ca. US$1,498 - US$1,872
Price realised:  £1,800
ca. US$2,247
Lot number 548, Views: 128

Bookcase of Instruction and Delight, 1st edition, 1802, eight (of 12) miniature volumes, comprising: Entertaining Stories, 2 volumes; Twenty Seven Prints of Natural History; A History of France; An Epitome of English History; Arithmetic Made Easy; Instructions in the art of Drawing and Painting; Geography, Embellished with a variety of Views from Nature, each with twenty-eight full-page engravings, except for Entertaining Stories, which has engraved frontispiece to second volume (lacking that to first volume), and Arithmetic, which has engraved frontispiece, some free endpapers lacking, original coloured paper boards with hand-coloured pictorial paper label on upper cover, rubbed, all but Arithmetic rebacked, 10 x 7cm (4 x 2.75ins), contained in original wooden bookcase box, with two compartments above a drawer (latter lacking ribbon pull), lined with pink paper, hand-coloured label on sliding lid, some minor worming and label rubbed and darkened, pediment partially broken, 21.5 x 13.5 x 8cm (8.5 x 5.25 x 3ins) Provenance: From the library of Percy H. Muir. See Brian Alderson 'Miniature Libraries for the Young', The Private Library, Spring 1983, pp.2-38. Alderson suggests that the bookcase contained twelve volumes, and lists ten volumes which he could establish, noting: 'this very miscellaneous assemblage [has] not yet [been] found complete'. We have identified five further titles additional to ours: The Adventures of Hacho; The Olive Merchant; The Pleasant Gift; Poems, Riddles, &c.; and The Little Auctioneer. It seems, therefore, that Marshall put these miniature libraries together indiscriminately, or perhaps the small customer could choose which volumes to have, maybe even collecting them gradually. (1)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
Title: Children's & Illustrated Books
Date of the auction: 15 Dec 2016
Address: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
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United Kingdom
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