Books & Periodicals

Material in this specialist market ranges from the early printed works of the Gutenberg Press and William Caxton right through to Modern First Editions and now up to signed copies of Harry Potter. Condition and rarity are the keys to this sector.


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Petersfield bookseller boosted by social media response after slump

17 January 2020

Sales soared at an antiquarian bookshop in Petersfield this week after the owner took to social media on a rainy, "miserable" day.

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Medieval guide for female hermits blocked from export in hope of finding UK buyer

16 January 2020

The UK government’s arts minister Helen Whately has placed an export bar on a 15th century Middle English manuscript in the hope of finding a buyer to keep it in the UK.

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Carnegie Library rare books theft: men plead guilty in US county court

14 January 2020

Two men pleaded guilty in connection with the theft of rare books and manuscripts from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio comes to auction at Christie’s with $4-6m estimate

13 January 2020

William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, often referred to as the ‘First Folio’, is regarded as the greatest work of the English language.

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Four lots to watch at auction this week including Covent Garden linocut by Edward Bawden

13 January 2020

With estimates from £10-1800 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

British and Irish book auctions: January 14-February 27, 2020

13 January 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book sales.

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Sales reach Olympic heights

13 January 2020

Games manifesto from 1892 and Audubon’s classic head a selection of money-spinners.

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Warfare manual given to a prince

06 January 2020

A superb copy of Henry Hexham’s 'Principles of the Art Militarie' of 1637 was last seen at Sotheby’s in April 1919, as part of the library of the Earl of Chesterfield.

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John Gould’s ‘masterpiece’ is offered at auction in a rare complete set of 25 original parts

06 January 2020

Bid just short of the high estimate to sell at £56,000 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale was a rare complete set in 25 original parts of John Gould’s 'Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming Birds' of 1849-61.

British and Irish book auctions: January 7-18, 2020

06 January 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 7-18, 2020.

British and Irish book auctions, January 1-30, 2020

23 December 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Games of genius and Uncle Sam

23 December 2019

Among the selection of instructional games and pastimes featured at Forum Auctions (25/12/12% buyer’s premium) on November 21 two of the more successful lots were published by Edward Wallis.

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New Olympic record breaker

23 December 2019

A copy of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto made an auction record for sports memorabilia when it was hammered down for $7.5m (£5.73m).

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A true travel treasure trove

23 December 2019

Egypt views stand out among a selection also involving many other worldwide works

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Take a tour of 103 European cities

23 December 2019

Bid to £3000 at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) on November 20 was a rare and early game.

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Teenage diary of 18th century stained glass craftsman bought by York University

20 December 2019

A 90-page journal kept by a 15-year-old boy has been purchased by the University of York for £3200 at auction.

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Marvellous ‘Windy City pedigree’ blows hot at Heritage

16 December 2019

Comics and comic artwork selling at a very high level were evident in a three-day sale held recently in Dallas.

British and Irish book auctions, December 17, 2019-January 30, 2020

16 December 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Super scientific lots in Chicago

16 December 2019

Darwin and Newton impress in US auction while Adam Smith brings wealthy sums.

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Sale serves up a moveable feast

09 December 2019

Copy of only the fourth book to be printed using the new types comes to auction

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