Folio Society Limited Editions Valued For Probate
Thursday 12th April took me to another property in Ealing, one of the busiest areas for our probate valuers in London, and for another probate valuation of house contents. A very neat and tidy three bed Victorian semi with a fairly normal amount of furnishings. Some nice quality modern furniture along with a few pieces of antique furniture for good measure.
A scattering of quality collectables throughout made up of Royal Doulton, Beswick, the ever popular Royal Crown Derby “Country Rose” in the form of a tea set. A set of lovely Waterford wine goblets, some other crystal vases and sweet dishes all of which were in perfect condition. Some Sheffield plate was stacked in the sideboard cupboard and in the cutlery draw I found a good lot of solid silver cutlery, and not that nice to eat from I might add. The study revealed a healthy book collection come library with two walls shelved and stacked with book floor to ceiling.
On one wall at low level I found five Limited Edition Folio Society books in sleeves that were in perfect condition. After research back at my office I discovered that these Limited Edition Folio Society publications were quite valuable and collectively worth nearly £1500. Titles were as follows: “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” – “Apocalypse” – “Just So Stories” by Rudyard Kipling, “The Canterbury Tales” and “The Luttrell Psalter”
Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories are among the most inventive and original of all children’s fiction. Posing ingenious explanations of how animals acquired their characteristics and revelling in exuberant wordplay, they are the work of a master storyteller. Kipling began inventing stories about how leopards got their spots and camels their humps to entertain his children – in particular his eldest daughter, Josephine, who died in 1899 aged six. When he wrote down the stories for publication in 1902, he remembered her with the phrase ‘Best Beloved’.
This special limited edition includes all 12 iconic tales, as well as ‘The Tabu Tale’, whose excitable heroine, Taffy, is based on Josephine. In ‘The Beginning of the Armadilloes’, an unlikely alliance between a hedgehog and a tortoise leads to a new species. The Elephant’s Child, full of ‘’satiable curtiosity’, travels to the ‘great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River’ to find out what the Crocodile eats for dinner, and inadvertently returns home with a useful extension to his nose. In the course of these delightful fables,Kipling accommodates magic, God and natural selection – from the ‘Eldest Magician’ who got the Earth ready, to the Leopard who changes his fur to hide in the forest full of ‘patchy-blatchy shadows’.
Edition limited to 1,000 copies
Introduction by Michael Morpurgo
Vellum quarter-binding blocked in 22-carat gold with vellum tips and paper sides blocked in four metallic foils
14 illustrations, numerous borders and tailpieces, and pictorial endpapers by Niroot Puttapipat
Gilded top edge
Printed on Cordier Wove paper
Presented in a cloth-bound solander box
Book size: 13″ x 9¾”
Avery Associates can provide professional book valuation for probate anywhere in the UK
Probate News – 12/04/2018
Author – Jeffrey Avery