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.


Marc Chagall’s Vitraux pour Jérusalem

Over 150 dealers signed up for new transatlantic online book fair

19 July 2021

More details have been released about the new online book fair bringing North American and European book dealers together this month.

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Illustrated works, early printed books and a stand-alone picture make for an eclectic mix in London sale

19 July 2021

Among the earlier printed books, Bibles played their part in a wide-ranging auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium), and none so financially well as a fine, clean example of Robert Estienne’s Greek text Bible of 1550.

British and Irish book auctions: July 20-August 5

19 July 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

'120 Days of Sodom'

French state buys infamous Marquis de Sade’s manuscript with help from a wealthy banker

13 July 2021

France’s Ministry of Culture announced the acquisition by the state of the ‘120 days of Sodom’ by the Marquis de Sade and a number of other manuscripts.

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Gems of the numismatic world

12 July 2021

Gloucestershire sale offered ‘finest library of early numismatic books still in private hands’.

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Harry Potter and the name error

12 July 2021

Valued at £2000-4000 in an Entertainment, Memorabilia & Movie Props sale held by Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Send on May 27 was an uncorrected 1997 proof copy of a book that was soon to make publishing, cinematic and marketing history: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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’Ullo John! Got an old Motor?

12 July 2021

Books and periodicals from the John Warburton motoring library featured in a May 25 sale presented by Transport Collector Auctions & Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in the latter’s Crewkerne salerooms.

British and Irish book auctions, July 13-31, 2021

12 July 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Oxfam in Tavistock

Book fan leaves his antiquarian collection to local Oxfam shop

10 July 2021

A book collector who travelled to an Oxfam shop in Tavistock, Devon every Tuesday by bus for the past decade has left his entire book collection to the charity.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence

Pick of the week: Philadelphia to Scotland and back again at $3.7m

05 July 2021

Charles Carroll’s printed copy of the Declaration of Independence – discovered earlier this year in a Scottish family home – sold at auction in Philadelphia for $3.7m (£2.85m) plus premium.

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Tom Cribb takes the prize, the pickpockets other purses

05 July 2021

Bid online to a much higher than expected £3200 in a Dominic Winter (24% buyer’s premium) sale was a framed and glazed Thomas Rowlandson etching with contemporary colouring that depicts a famous 'Milling Match…' in 1811.

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Lots large and little size up nicely in Chicago saleroom

05 July 2021

Some lots in a recent Chicago sale were quite enormous – like a near-complete run of Limited Editions Club publications from the years 1929-2010.

British and Irish book auctions: July 6-16, 2021

05 July 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Tatooist flyer

The life of Prof Riley – British tattoo pioneer

05 July 2021

Thomas Riley was one of the few professional tattooists of the Victorian and Edwardian era and – with patrons among international royalty and the aristocracy – a key figure in the changing perception of tattoos from ‘sailors’ marks’ to ‘body art’.

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Brooke, Bible and The Beano

05 July 2021

Wide range of material offered in Cambridge generates an array of interesting results.

Catalogues sell for six-figure sums

28 June 2021

Two lots offered as part of a Chinese works of art auction held by Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) brought matching bids of £110,000 – far, far in excess of their estimates.

British and Irish book auctions: June 29-July 9, 2021

28 June 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Marketing – Middle Ages style

28 June 2021

More manageable version of monumental Nuremberg Chronicle makes five-times top guide

Horn beakers

Saleroom pulls ‘looted artefacts from Maqdala’ after Ethiopian appeal

21 June 2021

A group of Ethiopian works of art believed to have been taken during the Battle of Maqdala in 1868 has been withdrawn from a Dorset auction after the Embassy of Ethiopia intervened.

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George Washington’s slave purchase note comes to auction

21 June 2021

The opening lot in Hake’s June 29-30 auction Pennsylvania, is a 1767 promissory note hand-signed by a prominent Virginia slave owner – George Washington.

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