Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt enjoyed another successful day in the saleroom with a fine and varied collection of books and maps performing particularly well.

Put together by expert Dr Peter Rixon this section drew international, national and local interest to The Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton.

Three phone bidders plus would-be internet buyers propelled the price of a folding map of the China coast and a rough sketch of the provinces lying between Canton and Peking, 1860.

Hand-coloured in outline and linen-backed it had been published by the Surveyor General’s Office, Calcutta.

It had belonged to Major General Sir Peter Scratchley, KCMG, Royal Engineers (1835-1885) and had been passed down through the generations.

Stiff competition from two of the eager phone lines saw the price soar, but eventually a tenacious online bidder won out and the map was purchased for £6,500 – the top price of the day.

More than 100 books and maps featured in the comprehensive day-long sale. Other prices of note included a copy of Britannia by Richard Blome, which was bought by a phone bidder for almost £2,000.

A collection of The Adventures of Tintin was another smash hit in the saleroom. This included a number of first British editions including The Secret of the Unicorn. It was bought for £1,370.

A room bidder emerged successful for an engraved map of Wales. It was bought for £560. Not far behind was a signed limited edition of Edmund Dulac’s Fairy Book. This copy was numbered 47/350 and bought for almost £500 by a phone line bidder.

A large book and map section will be included in the sale of November 7. Meanwhile the auctioneers are preparing for two sales next month – the regular antiques sale on June 6 and the second quarterly collectors’ sale on June 7. For more information and to consign items please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.