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.


15th century book

Fifteenth century friar's manual inspired by the game of chess

06 February 2023

A 15th century first edition of a pioneering work by Johannes Gallensis surfaced at auction late last month.

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First edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest emerges in Chicago

06 February 2023

Included in Potter & Potter’s latest sale of Books and Manuscripts is a rare first edition limited issue of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest.

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Archive reveals UK election shenanigans, 1826 style

06 February 2023

Lot sold for multiple-estimate sum in Cumbrian sale relates to a notorious election in Northumberland

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Buyer gets teeth into Thomas Nashe feast

06 February 2023

Extraordinary collection generates £64,000 bid for collaborative works by the playwright and poet

British and Irish book auctions: February 7-28, 2023

06 February 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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Jane Austen, a compact collection sold at Dominic Winter auction

30 January 2023

Small group of the author’s ever-popular works makes a big impression at Gloucestershire saleroom

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Ray Bradbury double offering

30 January 2023

Lot offers US editions of two science-fiction and fantasy classics by the US writer

British and Irish book auctions, January 30-February 9

30 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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5 Questions: Book dealer Thomas J Symonds

30 January 2023

Thomas J Symonds of Symonds Rare Books has been trading online since 2017 and previously had a shop in Dusseldorf (until 2002).

Breeches Bible

‘Breeches’ Bible buoyant in Belfast with alluring New World pilgrim provenance

23 January 2023

Copies of the 1615 reprint of the Geneva or ‘Breeches’ Bible are not too scarce.

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Tarka the Otter author makes a sale splash

23 January 2023

Numerous works by Henry Williamson including fascinating inscriptions and annotations were offered in Chichester saleroom

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Nicolas Robert hits bloom time at £355,000

23 January 2023

Right at the top of the price lists for a London sale of a second portion of the library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Earl Fairhaven, was a lot that presented a handsomely bound collection of 15 very fine watercolour on vellum drawings of flowers.

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Deeply personal Plath editions offered at Dominic Winter auction

23 January 2023

The auction at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on December 15 included two presentation first editions by Sylvia Plath.

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Pretty children's book comes with morality message

23 January 2023

Published by John Newbery c.1770, 'A Little Pretty Pocket Book…' and its companion 'Little Song Book' is a very small work indeed at little more than 3in (7.5cm) tall, but the latter includes some 54 woodcut illustrations and accompanying verses related to children’s games and pastimes.

British and Irish book auctions: January 24-February 1

23 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Commemorative glove

Remarkable archive of Quaker whaling family comes to Surrey auction

23 January 2023

The visit of ‘Revolutionary Wars’ hero Gilbert du Motler, the Marquis of Lafayette, to the US in 1824 spawned a large number of commemoratives.

2577PV Edit Duke Windsor Southon

Acrimonious royal family split detailed in letters now up at auction

18 January 2023

Not THAT split, but the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII which also caused recriminations, as letters at Catherine Southon's sale show - plus other auctions offer many unpublished photos of Princess Di and paintings said to be by Queen Victoria.

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Churchill gathers sale demand

16 January 2023

An inscription bearing Winston Churchill’s signature and dated 1948 found in a single volume of his famous history of the Second World War that came to auction in Cumbria was believed to be authentic.

British and Irish book auctions: January 17-February 4, 2023

16 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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