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Duke’s Books and Manuscripts department have achieved considerable success with the sale of of rare works by renowned authors such as Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer and Jane Austen, as well as specialising in Dorset linked authors such as Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence.

Duke’s reputation as a leading Auction House was cemented in 2007 with the sale of the Library of Jean Preston, a staggering collection of immense importance.

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Kelmscott Press. Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Edited by F.S. Ellis. Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1896, [One of 425 copies.]

Folio, full white pigskin, borders, woodcut title, initials &c by Morris, 87 wood engravings by Edward Burne-Jones.           

Sold for £88,400


Book of Hours. Bruges, ca. 1460-80, Manuscript on vellum, in Latin, 186 leaves, 14 illuminated arched miniatures, each within full border in gold and colours, 14 leaves with 5 line illuminated initials, text in a rounded gothic script, at the end 2 leaves with prayers for St. Benedict and others in a later and less finished hand, sm. 4to (ca. 9 by 7cm)

Sold for £16,700


Charles Darwin ‘On the Origin of Species’ Murray, London, 1859. First

edition, original green cloth, gilt, Freeman's variant a spine imprint and his

variant 3 of the inserted ads (which are dated June 1859, as is correct), old ink inscription erased from half-title, the binding a trifle shaken, but a nice copy in unsophisticated state.

Sold for £50,200

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8th June 2017

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18th May 2017

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  • AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25' x 20'. Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

    AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25' x 20'. Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

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