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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.

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Photos of Himalayan heights draw plenty of attention in Canterbury

14 November 2022

Henry Lee Shuttleworth (1882- 1960) worked for many years in the Indian Civil Service.

British and Irish book auctions: November 8-20, 2022

07 November 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Many surprises lurk in multiples

07 November 2022

Cambridge auction attracts high bids to secure several delights discovered in job lots

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Modern versions show classic qualities

07 November 2022

Modern, limited edition issues of well known books figured prominently among the best-selling lots in an October 4 sale held by Lacy Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Bury St Edmunds.

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‘The most beautiful herbal’

07 November 2022

A copy of the 1543, first German language edition of a work that centuries later, in 'Printing and the Mind of Man', was declared to be “perhaps the most celebrated and most beautiful herbal ever published” was offered by Gloucestershire saleroom Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on October 12.

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Naval records shipshape up well

31 October 2022

Documents were consigned among contents of a house owned by the Arkwright family

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Cartoonist put politics to one side

31 October 2022

Much, much earlier than most other entries in a comics and comic art sale that ran at Heritage (25% buyer’s premium) from September 30 to October 2 were examples of the work of Winsor McCay (c.1866-67-1934), who was well known as an accomplished editorial and political cartoonist and for his work in the world of animation and cartoon strips.

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Essex map reaches new height

31 October 2022

Estimated at £600-800, a 1777 first in marbled board covers of John Chapman and Peter Andre’s 'Map of the County of Essex from an Actual Survey' was sold for what would appear to be an auction record.

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Britannia rules in Surrey saleroom

31 October 2022

The big attraction in a job lot estimated at £60-100 that went on to sell for £14,000 in a September 23 sale held by Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) was a copy of Britannia: or, a Chorographical Description…, Dr Edmund Gibson’s 1695, updated and English language version of a well-known earlier work.

British and Irish book auctions: November 1-12, 2022

31 October 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Virgil, the Scottish version

24 October 2022

Translation was first time a major poem of antiquity appeared in an English language form.

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Victoria’s journal of Highlands life affordable for the little people

24 October 2022

An edition of Queen Victoria’s Leaves from the Journal of our Life on the Highlands… took £550 at a Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) sale of September 23.

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The way to locate buffaloes and locals with second sight

24 October 2022

Bid to £3400, a 1703 first edition of Martin Martin’s Description of the Western Islands of Scotland in a later full calf binding proved the most expensive item in the 250-lot book and ephemera section that opened an October 5-7 auction at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium).

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Rare glimpse of Inca culture

17 October 2022

First and only published volume of South American work appears in London saleroom

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Torn jacket but a tidy sum

17 October 2022

Though the dust jacket featuring one of Pauline Baynes’ illustrations for the book is torn with loss and exhibits a number of patched repairs, a 1950 first edition of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' did sell for £1100 against a guide of £500-700 on October 6 at Buckinghamshire saleroom Bourne End Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: October 18-30, 2022

17 October 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Fine crop of agricultural works from the Glaisdale library

10 October 2022

Collection gathered in by a local farmer comes to auction in North Yorkshire