Britannica for sale, and one of the herd

A RARE compendium of Encyclopedia Britannica books, some serious trophies and a John Glover landscape will today go under the hammer at Tullochs Auctions.

Tullochs Auctions director Scott Millen said the day would see competing bids on a mix of old-world items.

``After 30 years in the game, it's fair to say that the more unusual something is, the more likely it is to sell,'' Mr Millen said.

The fourth edition Encyclopedia Britannica includes a letter from former Edinburgh proprietor Andrew Bell, dated 1810.

The books were bought by Claudius Thompson, Morningside, Macquarie River, and include his signature in each copy.

Mr Millen said he believed the books could fetch between $3000 and $5000 from bidders.

Despite a healthy collection of taxidermy being sold through Tullochs in previous years, the business is preparing to auction what is believed to be its first water buffalo head _ expected to fetch between $1500 and $2000.

``We've certainly had every type of deer that can be hunted in the Southern Hemisphere,'' Mr Millen said.

``It was part of game hunting, there's nothing that we can do now.

``A lot of them come through deceased estates, or someone who no longer wants a moosehead on their wall.''

He said a small circa 1800s John Glover English landscape was expected to fetch between $4000 and $6000.

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