Sold at £10,000 was a ship’s log for the years 1826-28 kept by Captain (later Admiral) James Ashley Maude, who during that time was captain of a frigate, HMS Glasgow. He was present at the Battle of Navarino, the decisive naval action in which British, French and Russian forces defeated the Ottoman and Egyptian fleets and helped bring Greece closer to its aim of independence.
The log incorporates three ink maps, one of which, with an inset watercolour decoration to one corner, is reproduced here.
A collection of some 120 bookplates, book labels, booksellers’ tickets and advertisements dating from the 17th-20th centuries was sold by Forum at £4800. One notable inclusion was a Samuel Pepys bookplate.
The sale was held on June 18.