Rare Books

Wednesday
15th April 2015

Auction Summary

A very strong first book sale of the year was held on April 15 2015 with spirited bidding throughout from bidders in the room, absentee and online. The highest price achieved was $163 715 for David Samwell’s A Narrative of the Death of Captain Cook (London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson 1786), lot 23. A high price was also achieved for a mezzotint after Benjamin West ‘Mr Banks’ (1773), lot 26, which sold for $90 950, one of the highest prices achieved for a Cook’s voyages related print.  

Other preliminary highlights include:

Lot 29 Edward Lear – Three letters, Christmas card and photographs $11 820

Lot 141 New Zealand Football Team 1905 – Middlesex County v New Zealand $2670

Lot 153 Major Fiennes Colville letter $2790

Lot 175 Sapper H Moore-Jones - Sketches made at Anzac $6185

Lot 195 Major-General Robley – Moko; or Maori Tattooing $1040

Lot 232 Antonio Zatta – La Nuova Zelanda trascorsa nel 1769 e 1770 $1940

Lot 249 Ernest Shackleton – South $3880

Lot 268 Gold mining documents – Licences and Miner’s Rights $1695

Lot 302 Janet Frame – Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun $1455

Lot 348 Nelson postcards $1165

Lot 360 Aurora Tavern Britannia Saloon – Promissory notes $970

Lot 370 Photograph panorama – Wellington 1862 $2060

 *All prices include buyer’s premium and GST.  To view a full list of prices realised, please click on 'View prices realised'.