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The Wardington Library: Important atlases & geographies. Part one, A-K § Important atlases & geographies: part two, L-Z § Bibles, property from the late Lord Wardington and the Pease family § Incunabula and the Wardington Hours (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby's, London, 2005-2006)

London, Sotheby's, 2005-2006
Four volumes (27.5 cm), I (18 October 2005): 344 (4) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1-244. II (10 October 2006): 368 pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 245-562. III (12 July 2006): 282 pp., illustrations. 257 lots. IV (5 December 2006): 124 (4) pp., illustrations. 43 lots. Publisher’s printed cloth. - The Bibles and incunabula had been collected by John William Beaumont Pease (1869-1950), created Baron Wardington in 1936; the atlases by his son, “Bic”, the second Baron, who bought his first rare book in 1955 (obituary of the collector by Stephen C. Massey, in The Book Collector, Autumn 2005, pp.456-459). ¶ Very good, unmarked copies.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2005
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2005-2006
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2006
Bibles - Collections, UK - Wardington (Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, 2nd Lord), 1924-2005
Printing - Europe, 1455-1500 - Auction sale catalogues
Printing - Europe, 1455-1500 - Collections, UK - Wardington (Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, 2nd Lord), 1924-2005
Authors/Creators
Sotheby's (London)
Printers/Publishers
Lafréry, Antoine, 1512-1577
Owners
Wardington, Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, 2nd Lord, 1924-2005
Auction date
20051018
20060612
20061010
20061205
  • This collection contains

  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Wardington Library : Important atlases & geographies : Part one, A-K (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 18 October 2005)

    London, Sotheby's, 2005
    (27.5 cm), 344 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). 244 lots. List of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s red cloth binding, illustration mounted on upper cover. - “The most extensive and valuable collection devoted to cartography, all assembled by an individual book collector, ever to be offered for public competition at auction” (from an obituary of the collector by Stephen C. Massey, in The Book Collector, Autumn 2005, pp.456-459). Included were 1485 Sonetti Isolario (£110,000), 1486 Breydenbach in contemporary calf (£230,000), numerous editions of the atlases of Blaeu, Hondius, Homann, and Jansson, a composite Lafréry atlas assembled by Andrea Doria (ex-British Rail Pension Fund, bought by Bernard Shapero for £1.3m), and other treasures. Almost every lot sold and the total return for the first session was £5,528,220, over double the low estimate. Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2006, pp.73-74. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Wardington library : important atlases & geographies : Part two, L-Z (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 10 October 2006)

    London, Sotheby's, 2006
    (27.5 cm), 368 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 245-562. Publisher’s red cloth binding, illustration mounted on upper cover. - Among many highlights were the 1477 Bologna Ptolemy (£1.9m), 1469 Strabo Geographia (ex-Chatsworth Library, here £229,000), and the 1595 Mercator atlas bound for Duodo (£370,000). Estimated to make £3-£4m, the sale realised £6,938,410. Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Winter 2006, pp.566-567. Appendixes provide lists of the maps and charts found in Valk and Schenk, Verbiest’s Composite Atlas, and Visscher’s Composite Atlas. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Wardington library: Bibles : property of the late Lord Wardington and the Pease family (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 12 July 2006)

    London, Sotheby's, 2006
    (27.5 cm), 282 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). 257 lots. Publisher’s cloth binding, illustration mounted on upper cover. The sale realized £1,236,505; the top price was a manuscript Bible illuminated for Wouter Grauwert c. 1443-1445 (£278,000; with Jörn Günther, Catalogue 10: Pagina Sacra: Bibles and Biblical Texts 1050-1511, 2011, item 18). Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 2006, pp.403-404. ¶ Unmarked copy.
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    The Wardington Library : incunabula and the Wardington Hours (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 5 December 2006)

    London, Sotheby's, 2006
    (27.5 cm), 124 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). 43 lots. Publisher’s cloth binding, illustration mounted on upper cover. - The sale includes incunabula purchased at Hodgson & Co., 19-20 November 1959, which had once belonged to the collector’s grandfather, notably lot 18: the MacCarthy-Reagh, Thorold, Bibliotheca Lindesiana copy of the 1470 Jenson Eusebius (here £100,000). The final lot in the sale, the “Wardington Book of Hours” had been bought for £3500 in the Dudley Colman sale at Sotheby’s, 19 May 1958, lot 102 (via Marlborough Rare Books); here it made £560,000 (Jörn Günther; acquired in June 2007 for £635,200 by the British Library, following the temporary deferral of an export licence, and now BL Add MS 82945). Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2007, pp.82-83. ¶ Unmarked copy. Laser print of prices realised loosely inserted.
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