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Rare Norfolk history books sell for over auction estimate

PUBLISHED: 17:07 17 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:07 17 May 2019

Robert Henshilwood, book specialist at TW Gaze in Diss, with the volumes of Francis Blomefield history of Norfolk that sold at auction. Picture: Simon Parkin

Robert Henshilwood, book specialist at TW Gaze in Diss, with the volumes of Francis Blomefield history of Norfolk that sold at auction. Picture: Simon Parkin

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Eleven volumes of the Francis Blomefield's life work that offer a fascinating glimpse into Norfolk's past have exceeded the estimate after being sold at auction in Diss

Night and Day, a short lived literary magazine edited by Graham Greene and with contributions by Evelyn Waugh, sold for £1,100 in the Diss auction. Picture: TW GazeNight and Day, a short lived literary magazine edited by Graham Greene and with contributions by Evelyn Waugh, sold for £1,100 in the Diss auction. Picture: TW Gaze

The rare calf-bound volumes, dating from 1805 to 1810, complete with their engraved illustrations and folding maps, being sold by Diss local historian Dennis Cross, sold for £750, more than the £400-£600 estimate, at TW Gaze sale rooms.

The Diss sale is fitting as the Rev Francis Blomefield was born in the nearby village of Fersfield in 1705 and attended Diss Grammar School. The first volume of his Topographical History of Norfolk, printed at the his own press at Fersfield, covered the town while later volumes include Norwich, King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth.

Other notable sales in the auction was a bound volume of Night and Day, a literary magazine edited by Graham Greene, which sold for £1,100; a collection of works Charles Dickens that fetched £950; and the second volume of John Donne Fifty Sermons for £850.

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