Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Illustrations: Potter and Shepard’s animal magic

26 May 2020

One New York saleroom that has been notably active in the book market during the Covid restrictions is Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium). A recent sale included original illustrations for some well-known English children’s books.

British and Irish book auctions: May 26-June 7, 2020

26 May 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

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Wide-ranging PG Wodehouse collection in Philadelphia features both popular and less well-known works

26 May 2020

Diligently researched and documented by a local collector, the late William Toplis, a wide-ranging PG Wodehouse collection offered by Freeman’s of Philadelphia featured books, manuscripts, artwork and much more besides.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): May 19-30, 2020

18 May 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions - all held online only for now because of the coronavirus alert.

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Fantasy fun of Frazetta and Frankenstein

18 May 2020

Spread over four days, April 30-May 3, a comics and artwork auction held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas raised over $7.5m with every lot sold.

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Children’s author gets sale off to flying start

18 May 2020

The name of the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001) may not be as familiar in the UK as that of many other creators of children’s favourites.

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Fleming licensed to thrill

18 May 2020

Two of Ian Fleming’s books were among the highlights of a general book and manuscript sale held on April 18 at a saleroom probably better known on these pages for its specialist sales in the field of magic and conjuring.

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Exceedingly good Kipling prices

11 May 2020

Extensive collection of books and other material comes to auction from rare book shop duo.

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Collected by an anarchist and a librarian

11 May 2020

Top lot in a recent sale conducted by Galerie Bassenge (23% buyer’s premium) of Berlin, at €140,000 (£121,800), was a 1687 first issue of Newton’s 'Principia mathematica….'

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): May 12-28, 2020

11 May 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions - all being held online only for now because of the coronavirus alert.

Provenance provides Peel appeal while first English editions of Dostoevsky draw interest

04 May 2020

Set of Euripides plays was once owned by Sir Robert Peel sold at Forum sale which also includes two first English editions of works by Fyodor Dostoevsky

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): May 5-16, 2020

04 May 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 5-16, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Student magazines with illustrations by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden emerge in Nottingham sale

27 April 2020

The three magazines shown here were all produced by students of the Royal College of Art in the years 1925-27 and sold online for £1000 in a sale at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) of Nottingham.

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Grim album documenting early 20th century Chinese history sells in Shrewsbury

27 April 2020

The photograph seen at bottom right is a group of Chinese men convicted of spying and awaiting “…execution by Imperialists”.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 28-May 7, 2020

27 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 28-May 7, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Danger risk from grave errors

27 April 2020

Essay warns about considerable perils of the ‘indecent custom’ of burials in churchyards

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‘Penbrok’ put on the map

20 April 2020

This copy of Christopher Saxton’s 1578 map of Penbrok, or Pembrokeshire as it came later to be known, was offered in a Welsh Sale held by Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) of Cardiff.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 22-May 1, 2020

20 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 22-May 1, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Guide to archery by author best known for duck decoy work hits the spot in Yorkshire sale

20 April 2020

Compiled by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey of Thirkleby Park in North Yorkshire, an illustrated manuscript on archery dating from the opening years of the last century has sold for £2600. It was part of a sale held in Leyburn by Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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Fiddle makers and fiddlers

20 April 2020

Bid to £4100 and £3000 in a sale held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley were two albums, or ledgers, relating to the business of violin maker WE Hill & Sons – both with a direct family provenance.