Historic book sale to raise thousands for Gloucestershire's library service
They might not have been loaned for years but library bosses are hoping a lot of 900 old books will be sold for a pretty penny.
The books have been gathering dust in the basements of Gloucestershire’s libraries and they will go under the hammer at a Cotswold auction next week.
Some of the titles are hundreds of years old and they are being sold because nobody has asked to take them out in an age.
Library heads are hoping the auction will raise thousands of pounds which will be ploughed back into the county's library service.
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The auction will be held at Moore Allen & Innocent’s Selected Book and Picture Sale in Cirencester on Friday October 25, starting at 10am.
The oldest of the books to be sold is volume one to three of The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England Begun in the Year 1641 which was printed in Oxford in 1704.
Its guide price is between £200 and £300.
The book with the highest estimate is A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL I, II, III, IV written by George Anson Esq, Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships Sent Upon an Expedition to the South Seas.
It was written by Richard Walter, a chaplain on board one of the ships during the expedition, in 1784.
It features fold out nautical maps, diagrams and sketches and bids of up to £1,500 are expected.
Trevor Allen from Gloucestershire County Council’s library service said: “Even though these items were listed on the public catalogue, no-one has requested them or has gained any pleasure from them for many years. They should now be appreciated by those who can afford to care for them.
“This is a rare opportunity for other libraries and specialist collectors to get their hands on rare, antiquarian books and for the library service to raise some funds.”
None of the books relate directly to the county’s history.
For a full auction catalogue visit www.mooreallen.co.uk