13 July 2016 | London
SPINK LONDON | Spink have the honour of handling fantastic collections of banknotes, stamps and coins regularly, however this July saw a very different auction at Spink. A sale of Autographs, Historical Documents, Ephemera and Postal History took the auction room by storm today. Below is a selection of the top lots for you.
1910 Scott’s pocket diary, Army & Navy Thin Pocket Diary with autograph ownership inscription on title “Captain Robert F. Scott. RN &c 36-38 Victoria St. Westminster SW”. The hitherto virtually unknown prequel to what is arguably, along with that of Samuel Pepys, the most famous diary in the English language. Scott’s pocket journal for his last months in England before his setting out on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition contains brief entries for more than half a year of intense preparation . . . Read More
Catherine de’ Medici. 1562 (16 April) a fine A.L.S. which is signed “Caterine”; long letter to Sébastien de L’Aubespine (1518-1582), bishop of Limoges, her ambassador to the Spanish court (though actually written for the benefit of her son-in-law, King Philip II, and his wife, her daughter Elisabeth de Valois), defending herself against the accusation of having converted to Protestantism. She . . . Read More
Sir Henry Morgan, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. 1681 (14 July) entire letter “To the honoble the Comissions of his maies Navy”. The letter was written in Santiago de la Vega in Cuba gives an account of the situation with regards to H.M.S. Norwich and the “… villanous Pyrates that now infest these coasts” and includes, ” … Wee have taken the Sloop of one Jacob Evertson a most notorious Pyrate . . . Read More