An eye witness account of the Battle of the Boyne estimated at £10,000 15,000 was sold yesterday at Bonhams
book sale for £43,200.
The journals author, Captain John Stevens, tells of the chaos caused by the drunkenness of King Jamess troops at the crucial moments before battle was joined a fact discreetly overlooked by 19th century historians. In fierce bidding, the book was finally sold to an unnamed buyer.
A specially bound first edition of James Joyces Ulysses made £22,800 against an estimate of £10,000-15,000 and the first edition in English of Isaac Newtons Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy was sold for £28,000 (estimate £10,000 15,000).
Three photographs taken by Lewis Carroll of one of his favourite models, Alexandra Xie Kitchen made £24,000 (estimate £10,000 15,000).
In total the sale made £500,000 and 90% was sold by value.