Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Spanish collection all stacks up

26 October 2020

Printed volumes and manuscripts contain many rare works and unusual material

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Bumper Bram Stoker selection sold at Thomson Roddick

26 October 2020

Over 50 lots, many of them multiples, offered in a sale held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) featured the works of Bram Stoker.

First edition of Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations' sells in New York

26 October 2020

A 1776 first of Adam Smith’s '…Wealth of Nations' sold in a New York summer sale bore an understandably irritated inscription by the man to whom it had been gifted by its author.

Logical work proves popular

19 October 2020

Highly influential three-volume set on maths takes a record £90,000 sum in London

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Bountiful bibliophile works bring demand at Sotheby's

19 October 2020

One of two book sales held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) presented a single-owner collection billed as The Library of Greek Bibliophile.

British and Irish book auctions: October 20-November 8, 2020

19 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

British and Irish book auctions, October 13-31, 2020

12 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Map handy for a London visit

12 October 2020

It was not in the best of conditions, but an unusual cartographic lot in an August 6 sale at Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle sold at £420.

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Flying boats and Florence

12 October 2020

Florence Nightingale was a name that figured prominently among the 130 lots of books and ephemera offered as part of a September 2 sale in Shrewsbury.

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Cookery is a recipe for success

12 October 2020

Collection of hotelier, broadcaster and food writer includes many early works.

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Dinosaur hunter Dorset style

05 October 2020

Letter highlights early fossil fan Mary Anning who is soon to be the subject of a film.

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Names to note in Norfolk sale

05 October 2020

Jane Austen was among the names to note in a recent Norfolk sale, with the day’s top bid securing a four-volume, 1818 first of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion.

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Big hitters strike auction highs

05 October 2020

In almost pristine condition, and with its redeemable coupon still attached, this promotional card bearing an image of a very young and slim Joe DiMaggio sold for $200,000 (£149,255) at Heritage Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) of Dallas on August 29-30.

British and Irish book auctions, October 6-17, 2020

05 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Top quality works…and Trump

28 September 2020

Future president’s 'How to Get Rich' is a curious feature of a bumper summer sales week

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Monypenny and Mary Queen of Scots make a lively sale

28 September 2020

Bid to £1.35m at Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) this summer, as part of a ‘Classic Week’ evening sale of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts of all ages, was a lavishly illustrated Book of Hours attributed to the Master of the Monypenny Breviary and associates.

British and Irish book auctions, September 29-October 10, 2020

28 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 29-October 10, 2020.

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Sotheby's sells huge set of Egypt volumes housed in a cabinet was once owned by the King of France

21 September 2020

Stand-out lot in a travel, map and natural history sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a grand and elaborately cased set of the monumental 'Description de l’Egypte' of 1809-22.

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Dalmations spotted as Dodie Smith books bring demand

21 September 2020

Inscribed copies of the works of Dodie Smith were among the attractions of a summer sale held by Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.

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Dickens and Dostoevsky lots attract bids at PBA Galleries sale

21 September 2020

Plenty of Dickensian lots were on offer in a sale held by US saleroom PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium).