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Wednesday, 06 February, 2019 - Modified on Wednesday, 06 February, 2019 at 6:13 am
Highly collectable ‘New Naturalist’ books to feature in Wolverhampton auction
Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones will see an exceptional collection of ‘New Naturalist’ books come under the hammer in its Friday 15th February Specialist Collectors’ Sale.
Published since 1945 by Collins with the aim "To interest the general reader in the wild life of Britain by recapturing the inquiring spirit of the old naturalists” each edition focuses on a different natural history topic relevant to the British Isles. The series has a strong following of collectors, with the ‘Golden 13’ – 13 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in particularly small print runs - especially sought-after. All thirteen are represented in the lots to come under the hammer, along with many other examples.
Hailing from a single, private collection amassed by the vendor there are some 150 New Naturalist titles in the sale, many of which are expected to achieve three figures as individual lots. They form part of a books section comprising over 2,000 volumes covering Natural History interest, Military Travel and Antiquarian tomes.
Highlights likely to get collectors particularly hot under the collar include a 1985 copy of New Naturalist 70 ‘The Natural History of Orkney’ by R.J. Berry, carrying an estimate of £200-400; New Naturalist 71 ‘British Warblers’ by Eric Simms, 1985 expected to fetch £300-500 and New Naturalist 76 ‘The Hebredes’ by J. M. Boyd & I. L. Boyd (1990); estimated at £120-200.
Cuttlestones’ book expert, Rosie Blackburn, says: “Books from the New Naturalist Library are hugely collectable – so much so that there’s even been a book written on the subject of collecting them! Whenever we get examples in it causes much excitement among collectors – we sold a good collection back in 2015, but this is the best I have ever seen.
“The condition is excellent - the majority of issues from the 1980s onward were bought directly from the publishers and the most recent are still in their shrink wrap so are in mint condition, never even opened.”
In addition to the New Naturalist collection, the sale will also include a significant collection of bird books from the same vendor; featuring quality productions from T. & A. D. Poyser and other specialist publishers.
The books will come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton sale room during the Specialist Collectors’ Sale on Friday 15th February. The full, illustrated catalogue will be available online from Friday 8th February and viewing will be from 10am – 7pm on Thursday 14th, as well as the morning of the sale. For those unable to attend in person, live online, telephone and commission bidding options are available.