East Yorkshire rare 1800s posters sell for £2,300

image captionThe posters were collected by a local historian in Woodmansey during the 1800's

A set of rare 19th century posters capturing a snapshot of life in the 1800s has sold for £2,300 to an unknown buyer at an auction in East Yorkshire.

The leather bound book contains several hundred posters covering life in the region and includes details of horse fairs, circuses, crimes and slavery.

It was only expected to fetch £600 at the auction at Beverley Racecourse.

Local historian John Markham said the posters were of historical importance and should be kept in public hands.

The posters illustrate information on livestock auctions, sales of farming equipment and events including a talk at Beverley Guildhall by a former slave on his experience of escaping slavery from the US.

'Fantastic collection'

Mr Markham said: "The thing about this book is that it's a rich jumble of things and so you do get a fascinating insight into the details of East Riding life.

"Things like this should really be in the public domain."

The posters were collected during the the early to mid 19th century by a local historian called Gillyat Sumner, who lived in Woodmansey at the time.

Auctioneer John Hawley said: "It's a fantastic collection. It would have been sold at auction in 1875 after his death.

"It was probably bought then by a local solicitor and has now come full circle and is going to be sold at auction again."

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