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26.10.16. lot 62 in Charles Miller's Science & Maritime Sale on November 8th caught my eye. 'A unique album of contemporary watercolours of the frigate H.M.S. Jason by the ship's carpenter, and bound in monkey skin, circa 1805. Compiled by Thomas Harris and comprising ships drawings, manuscript on paper, 7 watercolour drawings of ships' details, the second one with a Union Jack and an early 19th century pen and ink drawing of a figure, and 5pp describing ordnance Dementions of 1st Rate 110 Guns 2764 Tons, etc. Bound exotically in monkey skin, a little worn, contained in a recessed space in a modern green morocco chemise, c.1805.' Estimate: £3,500 GBP - £4,500.  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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