Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

British and Irish book auctions: February 19-March 3, 2019

18 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 19-March 3, 2019.

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Famous facsimiles of Declaration of Independence set records

18 February 2019

Two examples of a celebrated Declaration of Independence copy hit new highs a month apart.

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Framing technique sets plates up to sell well

18 February 2019

Drawn from sales held in the last days of January in the UK and US, an artistic device of framing a view with trees in the foreground is demonstrated in the two plates reproduced below.

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Alphonse Mucha makes Art Nouveau masterpiece

18 February 2019

Shown below is a page from an 1897 Paris edition of Robert de Flers’ 'Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli' in which the text is framed by 132 coloured litho illustrations, borders and other decorations by Alphonse Mucha.

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Tiger of Mysore title works its money magic

18 February 2019

As featured on the cover of ATG No 2377, more treasures associated with the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, Tipu Sultan, are scheduled for auction in March at the Antony Cribb sale.

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Banker’s private press passion

11 February 2019

Close to 300 lots in a recent London sale that focused mainly on private press and other illustrated books came from the library of the late Bruce Beatty, a banker whose artistic and bibliographic collecting preferences included fin de siècle literature.

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London auction reveals splendours of La Serenissima

11 February 2019

Copies of Giacomo Franco’s Habiti d’huomeni et donne venetiane…, a collection of detailed views and scenes of Venetian life and costume published c.1610, vary in the numbers of plates they present.

British and Irish book auctions: February 12-21, 2019

11 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 12-21, 2019.

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Buyer invests in a very rare work on stock exchanges

04 February 2019

A “legendarily rare first edition” of the first book to describe the workings of a stock exchange sold at a high-estimate $300,000 (£238,095) in the days leading up to Christmas.

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Kafka comes in at record sum

04 February 2019

On January 10, Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold a single-owner collection of polar and other travel books – reported in ATG No 2376 – but the Christmas/New Year period was a busy one overall for the North Yorkshire auction house.

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Women’s rights… or maybe not

04 February 2019

Dated London 1679 in a Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale of January 10 was a job lot that included four unframed Hogarth prints, a framed royal proclamation of 1800 relating to the production of grain and a “1679 broadside, printed for T.N. that is headed A List of the Parliament of Women”.

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Auction explores Oz theme

04 February 2019

Lots relating to explorer Matthew Flinders are particularly topical given that his grave has just been re-discovered in a graveyard under Euston station as part of works for the HS2 high-speed railway line.

British and Irish book auctions: February 5-14, 2019

04 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 5-14, 2019.

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Bindings to boost collections

28 January 2019

Eight examples of beautiful bindings feature in a selection from recent auctions held across the world.

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Elizabeth, Mary and Mendel

28 January 2019

A recently released new film about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, one in which certain historical liberties appear to have been taken concerning the generally accepted belief that the two women never actually met, brings a topicality to a letter offered last month in London.

British and Irish book auctions: January 29-February 9, 2019

28 January 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 29-February 9, 2019.

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Clive Hamilton aka CS Lewis

28 January 2019

Illustrated below is the title page of a copy of the very first book by CS Lewis to be printed, Spirits in Bondage of 1919.

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Copernicus sets course for the modern world

21 January 2019

A work once said to have “…set the course for the modern world by its effective destruction of the anthropocentric view of the universe” made a rare auction appearance.

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West that was not so wild

21 January 2019

'Across the Continent. Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way' is a well-known hand coloured litho print issued by Currier & Ives, although the publisher’s imprint has been cut off the bottom of the example shown below.

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Polar library built by an architect gets warm reception at Leyburn auction

21 January 2019

Arctic and Antarctic exploration was the main theme of a library assembled over many years by architect Roger Casson (1943-2016).