Rare Unpublished RM Ballantyne Sketchbook to highlight October 31 Book Auction

11 October 2015

Saturday 31 October, London

London  – Roseberys 31 October Art & Antique auction will feature a dedicated selection of rare and collectable books.

Highlighting the antique book section is a unique unpublished sketch book by Scottish author RM Ballantyne, 1825-94. Ballantyne was one of the most prevalent Victorian authors of juveniles. During his career he published over 100 books, his novel Coral Island being the most successful of his literary achievements.

Ballantyne commonly illustrated his own books and a rare unpublished original sketchbook is being offered in the auction. The sketchbook 85 illustrated pages. The sketches are of various subject matters, mostly in pen, ink and wash which include humorous sketches of his family and self-portraits which were used for his abandoned book about Salmon fishing in Norway and his published Freaks on the Fells. It is being offered on Saturday 31 October with an estimate of £1,500- 2,000. Also consigned are original copies of novels by RM Ballantyne, military and army lists, a Phillipps manuscript on 18th century Spain, some Catlin proof plates and the original log book of HMS Blenheim fighting the Russians in the Baltic, dated 1855-56.

~Ends~

Notes

Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 years.

With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.

Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.

Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.

Roseberys is a member of SOFAA – The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.