Leslie Weller, as he preferred to be known, was born in Sussex, the son of a tenant farmer. He had a love of the Sussex countryside and country pursuits as well as a strong interest in antiques and the fine arts, Sussex history and antiquities. Leslie therefore went on to qualify as a chartered surveyor and in later life he went on to hold the post of chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Art and Antiques faculty.

Leslies-Garden-Office1 Leslie's Garden office

Leslie had a long and extremely successful career in the field of fine art auctioneering. For many years Leslie was a director of Sotheby's and he spent several as managing director of Sotheby's Sussex office at Summers Place, Billingshurst.

Duke-of-Beaufort-and-Leslie-Weller Duke of Beaufort and Leslie Weller

As the first chairman of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration Trust, Leslie played an important part in raising over £10million for restoration work to the cathedral and the works of art within. In 2014, Leslie was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List for his servies to the Cathedral and his contributions to the arts. Despite his numerous and varired achievements, Leslie Weller remained a modest man who will be remembered with great fondness by his many friends and acquaintances in our local community, Sussex as a whole and far beyond.

The sale includes a selection of works on his beloved Sussex, including a copy of Thomas Walker Horsfield's "The History, Antiquities, and Topography of the County of Sussex", printed in 1835 at the Sussex Press in Lewes. Although usually in two volumes, in 1892 this copy was extended to seven and includes about 1500 extra illustrations. Bound in deep purple morocco by Zaehnsdorf, the set carries a pre-sale estimate of £3000-5000.

EHShepard-Original E.H. Shepard original drawing from Everybody's Pepys

Sussex-Horsfield-cropped Fine, extra-illustrated set of Horsfield's Sussex

An original drawing by the celebrated Sussex book illustrator Ernest H. Shepard leads the collection of other personal effects to be included in this sale. Originally published in "Everybody's Pepys", this 28 x 18cm pen and ink drawing will be offered with an estimate of £600-1000. Other items to be auctioned include maps, a barograph, a globe and two of his gavels.

The sale is on view on Saturday 29th November 2014, from 9.30am to 12noon, Monday 1st December 2014, from 10am to 4pm, and on the day of the auction, Tuesday 2nd December 2014, from 9am to the start of the sale at 11am.

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