A Relic Of The Past Brings Insight to the Modern Age
Four original copies of the Times dated Wednesday 21st June_Saturday 24th June 1815, charting the progress of the Battle of Waterloo, will be sold at auction by auctioneers Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and Baldwin's on Wednesday 6th November.
The Times was in its infancy during The Napoleonic Wars but under the leadership of Editor John Walter, was going to great lengths to obtain news from overseas, in order to firmly establish its reputation.
In the modern age where information is instantaneous it is sobering to think that during the Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of Waterloo breaking news did not reach the public until they read it in the daily newspaper many hours, sometimes days later after the event.
In the June 22 1815 issue [pictured] The Times announces, days after the battle "Such is the great and glorious result of those masterly movements by which the Hero of Britain met and frustrated the audacious attempt of the Rebel chief. Glory to Wellington, to our gallant Soldiers and to our brave Allies! Bonaparte's reputation has been wrecked"
This historically valuable and poignant set is estimated to sell for £200-300. [Lot 309].
The auction, comprising medals, orders, decorations and militaria will take place at Dreweatts Maddox Street Saleroom in Mayfair at 10.30am.
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Noble Investments (UK) PLC we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Apex Philatelics. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.
Dreweatts - 31st October 2013