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Important collection of Black Country author F.W. Hackwood’s books up for auction

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Important collection of Black Country author F.W. Hackwood’s books up for auction

On Friday 22nd June a collection of books by the Wednesbury-born author Frederick William Hackwood, who was active during the late 19th and early 20th Century, will sell at Cuttlestones Wolverhampton Auction Rooms.

A renowned antiquarian and historian who was a member of the William Salt Archaeological Society and an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the history of Staffordshire and the Black Country was the focus of most of Hackwood’s work. The collection selling at Cuttlestones this month represents an almost complete set of Hackwood’s books, split into 19 lots and including some very rare volumes.

Among the most interesting are several titles that were published as limited editions of only 25 copies, including ‘A History of Tipton in Staffordshire’, published 1891, estimated at £80 – £120; a copy of 1916’s ‘Sketches of Staffordshire’, expected to achieve £30 – £50. Another lot of particular note include four titles of Wednesbury interest – ‘Wednesbury Ancient and Modern’ 1902 (Limited Issue to 80 copies); ‘Odd Chapters in the History of Wednesbury’ 1920 (Limited Issue to 50 copies), ‘The Wednesbury Papers’ 1884 and ‘Wednesbury Workshops’ 1889, carrying an estimate of £120 – £180.

A small collection of handwritten letters will also come under the hammer – including three by F. W. Hackwood himself to Mr Lawley dated 1908, 1909 and 1917, one by his daughter Louise dated 1929, a bookplate and two Christmas cards, together with a copy of ‘Dragons and Dragon Slayers’ with dust-jacket, estimated at £30 – £50.

Cuttlestones’ book expert, Rosie Blackburn says:

“It’s fantastic to have such a complete collection by a noted local author come into the saleroom – especially given the rarity of some of the examples, of which just a handful of copies were ever printed. We anticipate strong interest from those keen on local history – not only was Hackwood a prominent local author but he was a pillar of the community at a time when Wednesbury and many other Black Country towns still officially sat within the Staffordshire county boundary.”

The collection will come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ Sale at its Wolverhampton Sale Room on Friday 22nd June. The fully illustrated catalogue will be available from Friday 15th June via and viewing will take place from 10am – 7pm on Thursday 21st June and on the morning of the sale. For those not able to bid in person, live online, telephone and commission bidding options are available.

For more information call 01902 421985 or email [email protected]

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