With the approaching centenary of World War One many museums, including Fairlynch, will be dusting down their 1914-18 memorabilia and even thinking of acquiring items for exhibitions.
Genuine material can still be picked up locally however. One of the items on offer at the Bicton Street Auction Rooms in Exmouth is a 1915 first edition of Some ‘Frightful’ War Pictures by the celebrated illustrator William Heath Robinson (1872-1944).
At this early stage in the war when the book was published and perhaps before the full horror of the trenches became apparent the illustrations are remarkable for their light-hearted humour, almost in the style of a Comic History.
Auctioneer Piers Motley-Nash, shown above, who took over the Exmouth business in July 2012 estimates a price of between £50 and £80 at the Auction Rooms’ General and Collectors sale on Monday 11 March.