10,000 books and other items from theLibrary of the late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey in Essex will be auctioned by Dominic Winter Auctioneers of Cirencester in two sales in September 2023 and January 2024. The collection includes items of national and international significance which were not part of the famous Christie's Sale of The Library of William Foyle held in July 2000.
Christopher Foyle, entrepreneur, philanthropist and moderniser of Foyle's famous bookshop in London's Charing Cross Road, died in August 2022. He was the grandson of William Foyle, the bookshop's founder. When his aunt Christina died in 1999 and left instructions that her grandfather's Library should be sold, Christopher and his wife Cathy took the decision to buy back as much of the Library as they could before it went up for sale. Christopher was particularly keen to recover items which had a close association with his beloved grandfather.
The items now offered for sale from Beeleigh Abbey comprise:
- The thousands of books, manuscripts and other items which Christopher bought back from his aunt's estate
- Books from Beeleigh Abbey Books, Foyle's Bookshop rare and antiquarian book business, which was managed from the Abbey
- Books added to the collection by Christopher in his lifetime particularly reflecting his interests in aviation, travel and archaeology
- Items which have been rediscovered at Beeleigh since Christopher's death. Including a collection of early twentieth century books, signed by their authors and dedicated to William Foyle
The majority of the items offered for sale will be books, most beautifully bound with the bookplate of William Foyle, including hundreds of early editions of English literature, history, topography and travel. The Collection also includes miniature books, illuminated medieval and rare Tudor manuscripts, seals, and authors' letters, as well as significant paintings and drawings.
For further information please contact Nathan Winter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Albury (email@example.com) at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, tel: 01285-860006.