One of the more select lots is a rare large map of Cambridge by famous cartographer Richard Grey Baker, dating from 1830. Titled ‘New Map of the University and Town of Cambridge,’ it has an estimate of £2,000 to-£3,000.

In the extensive books section, a rare first edition of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter is set to make between £300 and £400. In addition, there is a varied collection of over 70 travel books, with some dating back to the 17th century, many of which have been consigned for sale from a local private collection.  The highlight of this is The Three Voyages by Captain James Cook, 1773 – 1784, with folding maps and plates in original calf covers. These have an estimate of £10,000 - £12,000.

Amongst the drawings is an original work by famous cartoonist, Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinian’s series. This pen and ink drawing dates from 1952 and has an estimate of £600 to £800 and is bound to appeal to Cambridge collectors, given its local light-hearted collegiate subject matter.

Charles Ashton, Director, Cheffins, comments: “The biannual Library Sale here at Cheffins always showcases some most interesting and novel lots and this sale is no different with a series of rare and antiquarian books, maps and cartoons. Based in Cambridge, we have rich pickings when it comes to consignments in this sale, particularly from local academics some of whom hold some of the most fabulous private library collections. Of particular local interest is the Richard Grey Baker map which is a rare find and one of only a handful of originals still in existence.  The Beatrix Potter first edition is bound to be popular with both collectors and dealers, due to its fine condition, as will the Ronald Searle drawing.” 

Auction: The Library Sale – 29th October 2020, at 10am   
 Cheffins, Clifton House, 1 & 2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA

For further information contact the Fine Art Department on 01223 213343,