With a sale total that more than doubled pre-sale expectations there was much to delight buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s most recent auction of books and maps.

An early pace-setter in the carefully arranged catalogue comprised just three modern art books focussing on the work of Ivon Hitchens and Victor Pasmore. After enthusiastic bidding on-line these were knocked down for an impressive £450.

Two childrens books, spotted amongst a box from a house clearance, included a miniature volume on Grecian history published in 1812. Measuring a mere 6cm in height it finally sold, following a battle between the telephones and the internet, for a far from miniature £400.

A collection of smart leather bindings, consigned by a client in Wales, appealed to both readers and those in search of a classic ‘library look’ for their shelf space. Condition is crucial in this market and the hammer price of almost £1,000 reflected the fact that these were all tight, tidy examples.

Among the modern first editions a mixed lot led by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which introduced the world to the sinister state surveillance of Big Brother, drew a bullish bid of £550. At the other end of the date spectrum a Book of Common Prayer from 1627, with partially re-bound covers and some internal wear and tear, claimed £350.

Combining both local interest and decorative charm was a typically fanciful map of Somerset and Wiltshire by Michael Drayton (1563-1631). Prominently featuring the counties’ rivers, adorned by water nymphs, this was purchased for a robust £470.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt continue to incorporate book sections within their monthly antique sales, and are already accepting entries for their next specialist event in the autumn. For further information contact the saleroom in person, at antiques.saleroom@gth.net or on 01823 332525.