Item 15 is a very strange piece. It contains the last written words by French King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette before their executions. For Louis, it is his will, written on Christmas Day, 1792; for Marie-Antoinette, it is a letter to her sister-in-law, dated October 6, 1793. The words are fit within engraved silhouettes of the deceased King and Queen. They were probably published in the 1830s, the more interesting question being why? £800 (US $1,300).
For those interested in private press works, very private presses, item 24 consists of 30 pieces from the press of Reverend G.R. Woodward, from 1922-31. Rev. Woodward is best remembered, as Beattie notes, if he is remembered at all, for writing the Christmas carol Ding Dong! Merrily on High! However, he spent most of his life compiling church music. Surprisingly, when he reached his 70s, he decided to become a printer. Fortunately he lived to be 86, giving him a decade in his second career. He set up presses in an upstairs room in his house where he printed both Christian and secular works. They were generally short runs - 120 copies - and there is no indication he tried to sell them commercially. Obviously, he printed at least 30 items during his printing career. £600 (US $975).
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