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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‘With the love of Mark Twain’

23 May 2022

Work sold in Cambridge is thought to reflect US author's friendship with Scottish physician and essayist

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Dickens work inscribed for Carlyle

23 May 2022

More than 60 Dickens lots appeared in an April 26 sale of the library of Jeremy and Penny Martin, several of them bearing presentation inscriptions.

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Potter proof set uncovered

23 May 2022

A London saleroom offered what was billed as the only “known” surviving set of uncorrected galley proofs for Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone.

British and Irish book auctions: May 17-26, 2022

16 May 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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International hammer highlights: Manuscript strikes gold in New York

16 May 2022

Alchemical work is best-seller as Vishniac lots create a valuable mix in the saleroom

PBFA: All fairs great and small

16 May 2022

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association hosts more events in this sector than any other organiser.

Chicago saleroom hits an all-time high for results

16 May 2022

In what was the auction house’s most successful sale ever in financial terms, and one that boasted a 97% selling rate, a March 4 sale at Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) was led at $65,000 (£49,240) by a 'Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen’s Captivity from the Time of his Being Taken by the British, near Montreal… in 1775, to the Time of his Exchange…in May 1778'.

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Sponsor’s message: ‘The rare book world keeps turning’

16 May 2022

Market continues to thrive and evolve as a new chapter begins in the Forum Auctions story

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Two US previews including a collection of issues of The Marijuana Review

16 May 2022

Two upcoming lots at US book auctions.

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The next generation: ‘The book trade is so varied it is always possible to find a corner to make your own’

16 May 2022

Seldom does the stereotypical image of the rare book specialist fit the current generation of dealers and auctioneers. Members of the 21st century book trade come from all walks of life with their interests and areas of specialisation just as varied. ATG speaks to five members of the trade to discover their route into rare books.

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Fluttering around in Surinam

16 May 2022

Though it is the pineapple that is most prominent, it is the assortment of creatures that flutter around, climb or emerge from its leaves that are the principal attraction of this coloured plate, below.

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Collecting classics: The market for books on political thought from Leviathan to Animal Farm

16 May 2022

If social media makes you feel like Big Brother is watching you, and if truth occasionally feels stranger than fiction, then like many bibliophiles you might be exploring books that suggest models for society and the role of the individual.

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Auction previews including two Second World War manuscript books

16 May 2022

A selection of 14 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and overseas.

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Fair review: Welcome back to Chelsea

16 May 2022

But Brexit red tape is the talk of the trade as favourite fair returns to Old Town Hall

Glossary for bibliophiles

16 May 2022

Can you tell your foxing from your deckle edge? Or quire from collation? Here is a handy guide to some of the terms used in the books and works on paper collecting field.

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Library of a fruitful thinker on agriculture

16 May 2022

Works offered in Essex saleroom belonged to ‘capable, colourful and forceful’ professor

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Lost a sheep? I can help ewe

09 May 2022

First published 1817, Joseph Walker’s 'The Shepherd’s Guide' has been updated many times and is still in use today, noted Bill Nelson of 1818 Auctions.

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By Riccardi for Medici

09 May 2022

A small group of Riccardi Press limited editions, each title produced in runs of 500 copies for the Medici Society, were offered in an April 7 sale held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle.

British and Irish book auctions: May 10-24, 2022

09 May 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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