Byron and Botany - Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Bibliophile Sale A wonderful selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ monthly Bibliophile sale includes works by the great Romantic writers William Wordsworth and Lord Byron, as well as a small
regarded as the exception to Planché's earlier unexceptional writing, The Vampire, or, The Bride of the Isles, created a stir at the Lyceum in August 1820, in particular for its use of the innovative ‘Vampire trap’. The book is estimated at £180-220. [Lot 252]
With text in both French and English, a first illustrated edition of A Description of the Library at Merly in the County of Dorset (1785), offers a fascinating insight into the collection of books and pictures belonging to the 18th century gentleman, Ralph Willett. Ralph Willett (1719-95) inherited a fortune from the family estates in the West Indies, and built a house at Merly in Dorset to accommodate his extensive collection of books and pictures.
He later extended the house with two wings, one housing a magnificent library with elaborate bookcases and plasterwork, designed by Willett and executed by William Collins. The library, particularly rich in incunabula
and early printed books, as well as architecture, botany, travel and topography, was dispersed at auction following his death in a seventeen day sale in 1813, and the botanical drawings in 1814 over nineteen days. The library was then demolished by his nephew who inherited the estate. The book is estimated to sell for £800-1,000. [Lot 139]
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