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Get on the Blowers for his sale

18 March 2017

Cricket commentator who has a way with words offers books from own library at auction


‘Sundial’ distorts view of the world

18 March 2017

Highly unusual, not to say confusing, but mathematically correct is the view of the world as seen in this untitled map of 1640 that made £4500 in a Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium) sale of March 1.

John Marston’s The Scourge of Villanie

Banned and then burned – two early English satires bloom again at Bonhams’ sale

17 March 2017

Bound together some 200 years ago, rare copies of two Elizabethan satires that were first condemned and then burned will be among the books offered by Bonhams at the Glyn Cywarch sale later this month.


Job lot at £3600 is perfect sense

11 March 2017

Auction find reveals historical account of follies, fads, manias and the madness of crowds

Richard Doyle’s ‘Court of Queen Vic’

A rarity from the ‘Court of Queen Vic’ sells at Cambridge auction

06 March 2017

A comic picture book issued by Fores in 1842 and titled ‘The Brother to the Moon’s Visit to the Court of Queen Vic’ would appear to be a great rarity, and a copy offered by Cheffins of Cambridge on February 22 made a much higher than predicted £1900.


In a couple, for better or verse

04 March 2017

Rimbaud lots include a poem he gave to his lover Verlaine a year before their last quarrel

Mark Twain’s wooden trunk

Mark Twain’s much-travelled trunk on offer at Heritage Auctions

25 February 2017

This sturdy-looking ‘stagecoach trunk’ accompanied the great American writer Mark Twain on a great many of his travels. It will be offered for sale at Heritage Auctions in New York on March 8 where the starting bid is $25,000.


Author who burned with rage

25 February 2017

Lot that reveals Hawthorne’s hatred of his first book leads a look at New York auctions


Early prints of the books realm

18 February 2017

Appealing and solid provenance backs up 1497 group of proverbs in 19th century binding

 Jacques Charles’ Représentation du globe aerostatique

Flights of fantasy – Bonhams to offer collection dedicated to airborne experiments

15 February 2017

A French collection comprising 70-lots documenting historical attempts at achieving flight will be offered at Bonhams on March 1.


Scots lots show rhyme and reason

11 February 2017

Wordsworth archive and a poetic description of syphilis sell in a varied Edinburgh auction


In a Lewis Carroll wonderland

04 February 2017

One of the finest groups of the author’s works comes to auction at Cotswolds saleroom

Aurora Australis from Shackleton’s National Antarctic Expedition

Example of the first book printed in Antarctica sells for £55,000

03 February 2017

A rare copy of the first book printed in Antarctica has sold for £55,000 at Bonhams.


Checking out a chess trailblazer

28 January 2017

Later 1473 version of the earliest recorded work on the game makes £50,000 at auction


Newton’s giant leap for mankind

21 January 2017

Landmark scientific work produced thanks to astronomer Halley soars to double estimate


Sale testament to great collection

14 January 2017

Nearly 60% of Ryrie bible lots go over estimate in New York and just 15 fail to find a new home


Scientific record-breakers

07 January 2017

Second slice of extensive collections features top sums despite other sale casualties


Rich crop of end-of-year results

31 December 2016

Final two months of 2016 were packed with good English, US and continental European sales

William Seward’s Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons

Keys to auction vast library from Morningthorpe Manor

26 August 2016

A four-day sale of the contents of a Norfolk country house being conducted by Keys at their Aylsham rooms will include on September 8-9 the vast library formed by Ron Fiske at Morningthorpe Manor.

Don Quixote first english edition at Keys auction

The Man of La Mancha in Norfolk – first English edition of Don Quixote makes £25,000

09 August 2016

One of a great many books removed from a couple of terraced houses in Norwich for sale by Keys of Aylsham was an 1612 first English edition of the first part only of Don Quixote.