Battle of the Boyne eye witness account sells for £43,200
Battle of the Boyne eye witness account sells for 43,200
Captain John Stevens's report tripled its estimate, selling with James Joyce and Lewis Carroll
An eye witness account of the Battle of the Boyne (estimated at 10,000-15,000) was sold yesterday at Bonhams' June 9 book sale for 43,200.
The journal's author, Captain John Stevens, tells of the chaos caused by the drunkenness of King James's troops at the crucial moments before battle was joined - a fact discreetly overlooked by 19th century historians.
Afterfierce bidding, the book was finally sold to an unnamed buyer.
Captain John Stevens's account in the run-up to the Battle of the Boyne
Meanwhile, a specially bound first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses made 22,800 against an estimate of 10,000-15,000; and the first edition in English of Isaac Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy was sold for 28,000 (above an estimate of10,000-15,000).
Three photographs taken by Lewis Carroll of one of his favourite models, Alexandra 'Xie' Kitchen, made 24,000 (estimated at10,000-15,000).
In total,Bonhams' sale made 500,000 and 90% was sold by value.