Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

British and Irish book auctions: January 25-February 3, 2022

24 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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It’s a Harry Potter shocker at Heritage

24 January 2022

Bidding on an exceptionally fine, virtually mint first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone offered in the special Firsts into Film section of a December 9-10 sale opened at $75,000.

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Pickwick parts add up to £40,000

24 January 2022

Superb set of the Dickens classic was painstakingly assembled as originally issued

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A Rackham wonderland at Sotheby's online auction

24 January 2022

Offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in an online sale that ran until December 1 under the title of The Fantasy World of Arthur Rackham was a collection of 31 original ink and watercolour artworks by the artist from the collection of American photographer Shirley Carter Burden (1908-89).

British and Irish book auctions: January 18-31, 2022

17 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Curious but costly world view

17 January 2022

In Rodney Shirley’s monumental study of 'The Mapping of the World… 1472-1700', the very first entry is a simple, circular woodcut known as a ‘T-O’ map, one in which the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa are very simply shown as named segments.

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Story told of fables over the ages

17 January 2022

Original French text, translated by Caxton, then illustrated by 1930s engravings

Books and works on paper auction calendar, January 11-31, 2022

10 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Time to launch the haggis!

10 January 2022

In a world in which American superhero comics featuring Superman, Batman and other characters regularly sell for substantial six and seven-figure sums, it is really quite refreshing to be reminded of more modestly priced British rarities.

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Worlds of difference in a saleroom

10 January 2022

Two very different lots from a November 10 sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) are noted here.

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Remembering Eric Hosking

10 January 2022

The undoubted star of the November 24 sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) was the early 15th century folding almanac, or girdle book, that took £95,000.

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Hooke passes sale examination

10 January 2022

Copy of ‘most influential work in the history of microscopy’ surfaces in Chicago saleroom.

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On the trail of the Baskervilles hound

03 January 2022

Single page was used as a promotion for this classic Conan Doyle work.

Jobs letter is only one in his hand

03 January 2022

A single-page letter sent on the day before Steve Jobs’ 19th birthday to a close school friend, Tim Brown, sold for $400,000 (£292,825) in New York.

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The Wright map that plots a route to £365,000

20 December 2021

A copy of Richard Hakluyt’s 'The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation' takes a six-figure sum at Devon sale.

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Hindu legends and real life

20 December 2021

Modestly estimated at $3000-5000, a richly illustrated manuscript that presents in two finely bound folio volumes a pictorial record of the ‘Costumes et Plantes de L’Hindoustan’ made $80,000 (£58,395) in a New York auction.

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Kepler masterpiece leads New York auction boasting a string a of six-figure results

20 December 2021

A Christie’s New York (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) online timed sale achieved six-figure bids for no fewer than eight lots and very high prices for a great many others while running up an impressive and premium-inclusive total of close on $4.75m (£3.45m).

British and Irish book auctions: December 21, 2021-January 27, 2022

20 December 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Head of Joaquin and Jack’s three fingers

13 December 2021

A live online October 28 sale held by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) attracted a much higher than expected bid for this small and rather browned poster promising that, for one day only, visitors to The ‘Stockton House’ could view not only the preserved head of the renowned bandit Joaquin, but ‘the hand of Three Fingered Jack!’

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Shakespeare third folio takes £70,000

13 December 2021

Edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1663 heads varied selection in Cambridge.