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This 10-page tract on the theme of ‘none but fools marry’ above is titled This Married Man’s Answer (The) to the Batchelor’s Estimate of the Expences of a Married Life. A first-edition copy of a rare work in any state, it was written by Edward Ward and printed for T Payne, London, 1729.

Estimate £600-800 at Forum Auctions in London on November 21.

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A girl from the Queen’s Orphan School in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1838 completed this rare sampler above.

The orphanage was established in 1833 to house orphans, neglected children and the children of convicts transported from Europe to horrors of the formidable penal colony. It was described in a newspaper article at the time as ‘cold and comfortless’. The writer goes on to elaborate ‘…never did we see two hundred human beings, that exhibited so squalid an appearance, as did the majority of the Queen’s orphans’.

Belying such a bleak situation is the colourful and carefully stitched sampler, which contains a verse Lines on a Lady, extolling the virtues of meekness and mildness and wishes may she in paths of flowers stray. The sampler, which was worked with the name of the orphanage, is on offer with an estimate of £600-800 at Tennants’ Costume, Accessories & Textiles sale in Leyburn on November 22.


What is dubbed ‘the largest collection of kimonos in the UK’ will be sold at Moore Allen & Innocent’s Asian art sale in Cirencester on November 15.

Around 140 examples, along with uncut silk ready to be turned into tailor-made garments, will be sold by vendor Masayo Long whose business Hana House offers lessons in English and Japanese language, customs and ceremonies. Her parents were kimono merchants in Hiroshima in the 1970s-80s and collected both contemporary and antique garments.

Masayo is pictured above at the age of 20 wearing a silk garment woven with copper-coloured cranes, symbol of good fortune, flying over waves. It carries the top estimate of the sale at £600-800.


Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson created this artwork above for the Eagle comic’s front cover in 1959. In this episode Dan’s father had gone missing on an interplanetary voyage some 30 years earlier, and boarding his derelict ship, Dan enters the wreckage to find a body in a spacesuit…

Comic Book Auctions is offering it for sale on behalf of the Home from Home charity which cares for vulnerable children across South Africa.

The artwork is estimated at £800-1000 in the timed online auction closing on November 24 with the auction house charging no buyer’s premium on this lot.