They include a copy of the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays which was printed seven years after his death in 1616. The items were left to the university by wealthy industrialist Lord Brotherton of Wakefield in 1930.
They are on display in a new exhibition being held to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death entitled:- “For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire” which runs at the Brotherton Gallery at the University of Leeds until January.
A further auction highlight is a first edition of Fleming’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lot 92) inscribed to his friend John Hayward (1905-65): "To / John / To pick holes in! / from / Ian." 1963, estimated at £6,000-8,000.
An important collection of Rudyard Kipling works, the property of a prominent Kipling scholar and member of the Kipling Society, will also be on offer. Highlights include Lot 2, a first edition of Rudyard Kipling’s first book from 1881, Schoolboy Lyrics, estimated at £1,800-£2,200.
Kipling’s The Jungle Book [The Second Jungle Book], estimated at £1,000-£1,500, and Kipling’s His Excellency, (lot 24) estimated at £1,000-1,500.
Also included will be a fascinating, and far reaching, private archive of original illustrations for children’s books. A nostalgia for the imagery of our childhood has been generated by the runaway success of the recent “adult” updates of the Ladybird books, and there is much here that will appeal to the same interest. Whether it is a group of around 30 gouache designs by Angus McBride to illustrate the history of technology (lot 275), estimate £500-£700, a small group of dramatic depictions of pirates, smugglers and robbers (lot 298), estimate £300-£400, or a group of around 25 sporting figures, mostly footballers from a bygone era (lot 238), estimate £400-£600, there will be something to appeal to anyone’s formative obsessions. This large collection also includes artwork for popular characters appealing to an even younger audience, such as Rupert Bear, Sooty, Victoria Plum, several lots of Disney inspired early learning books, animal books, including over 50 original illustrations for “Animal Frolics” by D.L. Davie (lot 224), estimate £750-£1,000, and many more besides.
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