Latest News Articles by Ian McKay
British and Irish book auctions: February 19-March 3, 201918 February 2019
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 19-March 3, 2019.
Famous facsimiles of Declaration of Independence set records18 February 2019
Two examples of a celebrated Declaration of Independence copy hit new highs a month apart.
Framing technique sets plates up to sell well18 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.
Alphonse Mucha makes Art Nouveau masterpiece18 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.
Tiger of Mysore title works its money magic18 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.
Banker’s private press passion11 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.
London auction reveals splendours of La Serenissima11 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, 201911 February 2019
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 12-21, 2019.
Buyer invests in a very rare work on stock exchanges04 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.
Kafka comes in at record sum04 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.
Women’s rights… or maybe not04 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”.
Auction explores Oz theme04 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, 201904 February 2019
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 5-14, 2019.
Bindings to boost collections28 January 2019
Eight examples of beautiful bindings feature in a selection from recent auctions held across the world.
Elizabeth, Mary and Mendel28 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, 201928 January 2019
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 29-February 9, 2019.
Clive Hamilton aka CS Lewis28 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.
Copernicus sets course for the modern world21 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.
West that was not so wild21 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.
Polar library built by an architect gets warm reception at Leyburn auction21 January 2019
Arctic and Antarctic exploration was the main theme of a library assembled over many years by architect Roger Casson (1943-2016).