Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Don’t think twice, it’s all right to make a bid for Bob Dylan love letters

02 January 2023

Running to over 150pp in all, an archive of 42 love letters sent by Bob Dylan to a high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Hewitt, featured in a November 17 Marvels of Modern Music sale held by RR Auctions of Amherst, New Hampshire.

British and Irish book auctions: January 4-26, 2023

02 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Beano No 1 and less familiar titles which still in demand

19 December 2022

While a Beano No 1 will always take the headlines, not so well-known titles can also impress

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Big catches in angling collection

19 December 2022

Bonhams New York (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) had bidders hooked by the angling books included in its wide-ranging November 15 auction.

British and Irish book auctions: December 20-February 23

19 December 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Put in the hours for the rewards

12 December 2022

Illuminated manuscript c.1470 is a highlight in Gloucestershire saleroom

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Sizeable Chicago sale led by a huge 7ft wide city map

12 December 2022

The creation of James T Palmatary, the engraved and framed birds-eye view or plan of Chicago of 1857 pictured above is almost 7ft wide.

Books and works on paper auction calendar: December 13-January 12, 2022

12 December 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

British and Irish book auctions: December 6-13, 2022

05 December 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Nostradamus was predicted to do well

05 December 2022

While this 1672 first did not quite hit the high of pre-sale hopes, it was still top lot of the Shrewsbury sale.

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Bryce’s miniature marvels prove a stand-out lot

05 December 2022

In terms of numbers, both in component parts and the sum achieved, a collection of over 200 miniature books published by David Bryce of Glasgow (1845-1923) was a stand-out lot in a recent London sale.

British and Irish book auctions: November 29-December 10, 2022

28 November 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Kepler manuscript’s star value

28 November 2022

Calculations on planetary movements rise to the occasion in New York saleroom

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A natural history work to leaf through at your leisure

28 November 2022

A few copies have made a little more, but the example of the original, 1826, folio edition of Jacob George Strutt’s 'Sylva Britannica, or Portraits of Forest Trees…' included in a November 8 sale at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) sold for £3500 (guide £600-800).

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German book from 1500 cooks up a storm at auction

28 November 2022

Offered as part of a series of sales held by Reiss & Sohn (19% buyer’s premium) of Königstein im Taunus was an exceptionally early cookery book.

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Flats full to the brim with books

21 November 2022

First part of a collection which covered the walls and cellar of two whole flats is offered at auction

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Agricultural library top of the crops in North Yorkshire

21 November 2022

The Glaisdale Library was the collection of Martin Henry Burtt, a well-known figure in the Yorkshire and indeed national agricultural worlds.

British and Irish book auctions: November 22-30, 2022

21 November 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

British and Irish book auctions: November 15-24, 2022

14 November 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Best of British courtesy of Leahy

14 November 2022

Anglophile American lawyer’s excellent and extensive collection is sold in New York.