MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DOMINIC WINTER

A memorial service to celebrate the life of the company founder Dominic Winter
will be held on Wednesday 21 January 2015 at
The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, at 2:30pm

Members of the book and antiques trade, as well as friends and acquaintances,
are invited to attend the event, at which refreshments will be provided

Please RSVP to Claire Pitts (claire@dominicwinter.co.uk, or 01285 860006)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who
have sent messages of condolence and support

Welcome to Dominic Winter
FORTHCOMING AUCTIONS IN DECEMBER


PRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & PRINTS
TRAVEL & NATURAL HISTORY
SCIENCE & PHILOSOPHY

Wednesday 17 December 2014


CHILDREN'S & ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
ANTIQUE FANS, TOYS & CERAMICS
MODERN FIRST EDITIONS


Thursday 18 December 2014

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR DECEMBER 18TH AUCTION

An unpublished and previously unknown letter from C.S. Lewis is expected to fetch £1500 when offered at auction by Dominic Winter Auctioneers in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, on Thursday 18 December. The letter, addressed to "Mrs Ellis" and dated 19 August 1945, finds the author dealing with the subject of joy. He writes 'real joy... jumps under one's ribs and tickles down one's back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o' nights. It shocks one awake when the other [security and prosperity] puts one to sleep. My private table is one second of joy is worth 12 hours of pleasure'. Making a philosophical distinction between joy and pleasure Lewis ends with the postscript, 'Don't you know the disappointment when you expected joy from a piece of music and get only pleasure: Like finding Leah when you thought you had married Rachel!'

The two-page letter was discovered by the vendor in a second-hand copy of 'A Problem of Pain' that he had bought some years previously without knowing the letter was there. The subject of joy was a continual theme throughout Lewis's life and even used in the title of his book 'Suprised by Joy', an autobiographical account of his life up until his conversion to Christianity in 1931, and written between 1948 and 1955. Among the other literary autographs and artefacts offered in the same sale are letters by G.K. Chesterton with disparaging comments about his own works, Henry James, Philip Larkin, Sean O'Casey, Arthur Ransome, Salman Rushdie and J.K. Rowling (writing as 'Newt Scamander' in humorous response to a letter concerning the existence of wyverns).

Additionally on offer is a 1968 original reel-to-reel tape of a Beat poetry reading in San Francisco featuring Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti; a smoking jacket worn by Peter Cushing in the role of Sherlock Holmes and Henry Rider Haggard's favourite writing chair, signed and dated by the author to base.

For further information please see the website or contact Chris Albury, chris@dominicwinter.co.uk 01285 860006 www.dominicwinter.co.uk Dominic Winter Auctioneers Ltd., Mallard House, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UQ


Lot 242 (18 December 2014 auction)

Autograph letter signed, 'C. S. Lewis', Magdalen College, Oxford, 19th August 1945

Estimate £1,200- 1,500

Please note that our salerooms will be closed for the Christmas period
from lunchtime on 23rd December 2014,
and will reopen on Tuesday 6th January 2015


May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Please note an extra fee of 3.6% (including VAT) will be charged on
the hammer price for this service, made on behalf of the-saleroom.com