Rare railway map of London– £420 at Thomson Roddick.

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The folding wood engraved map of London was presented “gratuitously” to subscribers to The Railway Bell & Illustrated London Advertiser, as it proclaims on the banner draped over portraits of a young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the foot.

The work measures 2ft 6in x 4ft 1in (76 x 94cm) and features several London views as border vignettes.

It was catalogued as undated, but an online search reveals it to be a specially produced version of an 1842 map of London by George Biggs.


Daisy Ashford’s The Young Visiters – £190 at Thomson Roddick.

Sold at £190 on was a signed and inscribed, first US edition of Daisy Ashford’s The Young Visiters of 1919. The only copy of this hugely popular tale by the nine-year-old Daisy to have made more at auction, it seems, was a UK first of that same year which Ernest Shackleton inscribed for his mother as a birthday present.

In 2003 that copy made £380 at Christie’s South Kensington.