South Kensington Results: Two Important Sporting Libraries, 5 November 2014

Two Important Sporting Libraries  

South Kensington, Wednesday 5 November 2014, Sale 10766

 [All sold prices include buyer’s premium] 

197 lots sold

Total: £773,275/$1,233,374/€983,606

78% sold by lot

254 lots offered

$1.595 = £1 / €1.272 = £1

90% sold by value




Estimate (£)

Price Realised



Britcher, Samuel, A Complete list of all the Grand Matches of Cricket that have been played in the year 1801, London, 1801





UK Private


Lillywhite, Frederick, The Young Cricketer’s Guide [and] The Guide to Cricketers, London, 1849-1866





UK Private


Zunigo y Sotomayor, Fadrique de. Libro de cetería de çaca de açor, en el qual por differente stilo de que tienen los antiguos, que estan hechos, veran. Salamanca: Juan de Canova, 1565





European Trade



Rupert Neelands, Senior Specialist, Books, commented: This was an auction of two halves, the first being the cricket library of the late Roger Hancock, which was a great success and achieved the top lot of the sale; Samuel Britcher’s complete list of all the grand matches of cricket played in the year 1801 soared above its estimates and realized £74,500. The falconry and hunting library from the collection of the Spanish doctor and bibliophile, Don Dámaso Gutiérrez Arrese formed the second part of the sale, and presented the greatest works on falconry and hunting published in Spain and Portugal in the 16th and 17th centuries. The most rare and valuable works performed particularly well. We welcomed many clients online and one third of the lots were either sold to or directly underbid by clients using Christie’s LIVETM.”


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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.


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