Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

British and Irish book auctions: October 15-25, 2019

14 October 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from October 15-25, 2019.

Famed Manhattan collection yields second tempting selection of first editions in New York

14 October 2019

Graham Greene was a star turn when a second portion of the famed ‘Mystery Fiction’ collections and stock of Otto Penzler, proprietor of Manhattan’s ‘Mysterious Bookshop’, came to auction in New York on September 5.

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Arctic expedition group bears up well at Forum Auctions

14 October 2019

A small but very successful section of a recent London sale offered a group of just eight lots related to the British Arctic Expedition of 1875-76.

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Valentines come early at Hansons auction of the Judith Howard collection

14 October 2019

Two early handmade Valentines from the Judith Howard collection of mourning jewellery, greeting cards andand other ephemera drew demand at Hansons latest sale at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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‘Father of Parole’ outlines his views on penal reform

14 October 2019

One exceptional and very successful lot in a recent Yorkshire sale focused on penal reforms on the far side of the world.

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Murder tale grips the saleroom

07 October 2019

Account of a double killing in 19th century Norwich heads a look at two-day auction.

British and Irish book auctions, October 8-19, 2019

07 October 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Sci-fi collection is 442-lot sell-out success in Dallas

07 October 2019

Several records were broken when all 442 lots in the Glynn & Suzanne Crain science-fiction collection sold in a US auction on August 13-14.

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News makes its way from the East Indies

07 October 2019

Shown below are the frontispiece and title-page of Newes from the East-Indies..., a 1638 account by William Bruton of his travels in ‘Bengalla’.

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Diverse lots come together for auction selection in West Sussex

30 September 2019

Variety was certainly in evidence in a West Sussex sale, where the teenage journal of a young stained-glass maker, two broadside ballads and an illustrated dummy for 'Down with Skool!' all brought much higher than predicted bids.

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Edgar Allan Poe’s good times did not last

30 September 2019

Though his works are now revered and highly valued in his native land, Edgar Allan Poe spent most of his writing life in debt. There were, however, a few months in the early 1840s when, while working in Philadelphia as an editor and contributor on 'Graham’s Magazine', he enjoyed some short-lived financial success.

Buyer makes Suffrage choice

30 September 2019

Bearing a modest estimate of £50-75 but sold instead at £800 by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on September 4 was a copy of 'Women’s Suffrage: a Short History of a Great Movement' (1912) by that renowned campaigner for women’s political rights, Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

British and Irish book auctions: October 1-15, 2019

30 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Isaac Newton notes off to great start

30 September 2019

It is the practice of one US saleroom to publish what are called ‘starting bids’ rather than an estimate range in its catalogues.

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TS Eliot’s cats climb to £4300 sale result

30 September 2019

Signed by its author to the title-page, a 1939 first of TS Eliot’s 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats' sold for £4300 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Poets create a decent auction rhythm

23 September 2019

The biggest literary impression in a recent Shrewsbury sale that combined medals and militaria with well over 200 lots of books and ephemera was made by poets – famous and otherwise.

British and Irish book auctions: September 24-October 4, 2019

23 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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A brief history of the written word

23 September 2019

From a 5000-year-old pictographic tablet to a 5th century bible leaf - a small but fascinating London auction.

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Mummy rises to a shock result in Exeter auction

16 September 2019

The second published work of the ‘flower book lady’ has no other auction appearance

British and Irish book auctions: September 17-October 4, 2019

16 September 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 17-October 4, 2019.