Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Rare Persian Gulf gazetteer coming up in Cheltenham auction

Hugh Gordon Lorimer's 1908/1915 Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia is set to take the book world by storm in a unique appearance at auction – The Cotswold Auction Company's 29th September Books and Collectables Sale at Chapel Walk, Cheltenham.

No auction records exist and only one other copy is known in the British Library. Later republished in many volumes, the original work was a daunting endeavour – Lorimer printed the second volume in 1908, having failed to complete the table of contents and introduction to the first volume (which eventually numbered over 130 pages!) in his lifetime. The first volume was only published after Lorimer's death in 1914 by L Birdwood, who finished the work, in 1915.

This is the most important single source of historical material on the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, issued as a secret document by the British Government in India . It was compiled with the original intention of providing British agents and policymakers in the Gulf, India and London with "a convenient and portable handbook to the places and interests with which they are likely to be concerned". The first volume is historical with appendices, such as essays on Sailing Craft, Pearl Fisheries, Western Christianity, the Slave Trade in the Persian Gulf, Lord Curzon's Cruise and other subjects of interest... In addition there are twenty-one genealogical tables for the ruling families of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia. The second volume is a geographical dictionary listing tribes, towns and principalities and has 56 reproductions of photographs taken by British officers and others.

Books cataloguer Charlotte Seward said "This is such a rare opportunity to purchase the original work that we are challenged to place an accurate estimate – we have estimated £4000-£6000, but interest is mounting all the time and it could easily realise considerably more!"
These rare books can be viewed at the Chapel Walk Saleroom in Cheltenham during the View on Saturday 26 September 10 am to 1 pm or Monday 28 September 10 am to 6 pm or on the morning of sale from 9 am. The catalogue is online on www.cotswoldauction.co.uk and live online bidding can be accessed via www.the-saleroom.com.  For enquiries please telephone 01242-256363.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Books, Medals, Militaria & Collectables - Tuesday 29th September

Books, Medals, Militaria & Collectables

Lorimer, J. G. - The Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia, est. £4,000-£6,000

Tuesday 29th September
from 10.00am
Chapel Walk Saleroom, 
Chapel Walk, Cheltenham 
Glos., GL50 3DS

On View
Saturday 26th September - 10.00am - 1.00pm
Monday 28th September- 10.00am - 6.00pm 
Tuesday 29th September- 9.00am - 10.00am

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Siebe, Gorman & Co. Submarine Engineers copper divers helmet, with internal communications systems, est. £3,000 - £4,000

Oceanic Povai pole-club, 111cm long, est. £1,000-£1,500

Martin, R.M. (ed.) - The Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World, pub. 1851, est. £1,500-£2,000

Military general service medal named toP Bowden - Coldstream Guards, with clasp of Victoria Salamanca and Borrosa and a miniature Waterloo medal,
est. £1,000-£1,200

Large quantity of items from the estate of Eron the Wizard, including items of Wiccan/Pagan interest, gemstones, etc

South African Krugerrand 2002, est. £600-£800

Oman silver and gold coin presentation set, est. £600-£800

Original WWII propaganda poster, est. £300-£500

 Pair of J Blanch percussion pistols, est. £200-£400

Books:- Illustrated atlas, signed John le Carre novels, Astounding and Analog sci-fi magazines, Eikon Basilike, first editions, fine bindings, Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Adventures of Ensign Blobbs; Ephemera:- Hendrick Cassiers poster, Neil Armstrong autographed menu, signed royalty photos, Mohammed Ali Boxing poster, autograph albums; Prints:- Peter Pracownik, Fred Jay Girling; Maps; Cigarette cards:- Wills, Taddy & Co, Players; Postcards:- 1926 North Africa album, Dancey Titanic cards, 1923 Australia & Canada album; Stamps:- Royalty related albums, first day covers; Coins & Notes:- Krugerrand, Oman presentation sets and gold coins, Whitman British pennies albums, silver proof sets, proof notes, sovereigns; Medals:- Waterloo miniature medal, military general service medal, WWI medal sets, 1936 Berlin Olympic medal, Boer War medal; Militaria:- Terry English armour and chainmail, WWI German M1916 Stahlhelm, 19th century musket, Great British Regiments medallions and badges, Indian Toreador musket, Scots Dragoon Guards busby, WWI snow goggles; Cameras & Photographica; Scientific instruments; Musical instruments:- Cello, Michael Potter violin;  Ethnographica:- Oceanic/Tongan pole-club, cannibal fork, Polynesian Island staff, ; Collectables:- Seibe and Gorman diving helmet, James Saddler medallion, Penfolds Grange wine, Bells commemorative whiskey, the estate of Eron the Wizard, meerschaum pipes, semi-precious gemstones, Japanese ivory netsuke, early dentist’s drill, Boucher’s calculating circle