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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Pick of the week: Collection from book dealer John Percival Love woos buyers

19 February 2024

Rediscovered books and manuscripts that once belonged to former antiquarian book dealer John Percival Love and had been stored away in a bank vault for nearly 50 years captivated collectors and the trade alike at auction.

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Mail recovered from Titanic casualty

19 February 2024

The British and US postal clerks aboard transatlantic liners had the duty of sorting the mail during the passage.

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Auction magic from a very different Potter

19 February 2024

Richard Potter (1783-1835) is considered the first successful stage magician born in the US and African-American celebrity.

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First edition of early feminist text makes over 30 times estimate

19 February 2024

Actress cheated by the Prince of Wales turned to a campaign based on ‘injustice of mental subordination’

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Copy of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation is toast of auction

19 February 2024

A printing of George Washington’s 1795 Thanksgiving Day proclamation sold way above hopes at Sarasota Estate Auction (23% buyer’s premium) in Florida.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, February 21-March 16, 2024

19 February 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Pick of the week: Coachbuilders archive rolls up to £25,000

12 February 2024

With clients including the Maharajah of Kutch, Queen Victoria and multiple princes and dukes, Holmes & Co was one of the top coachbuilders of the 19th century.

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Fantasy mag key to creating Games Workshop empire

12 February 2024

Once considered to be the refuge of geeky teenagers, fantasy and sci-fi role playing and tabletop gaming is now hugely popular, with various celebs keen to proclaim their passion for all things orc and elf.

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Bible bidders spot a King James sleeper

12 February 2024

An ‘18th century’ bible turned out to be far more valuable as a first issue King James “He” version

Books and works on paper auction calendar, February 14-29, 2024

12 February 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Slave trader who repented his sins tells his own story

12 February 2024

John Newton (1725-1807) is today perhaps best remembered as the writer of the hymn Amazing Grace. However, before his religious conversion he spent his early life as a slave trader.

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Betjeman: the personal connection

05 February 2024

Gifts given by the late Poet Laureate to his friend show how interesting items can be bought for three figures

Books and works on paper auction calendar, February 7-26, 2024

05 February 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Five questions with Kent Tschanz of Tschanz Rare Books

05 February 2024

Kent Tschanz of Tschanz Rare Books in Salt Lake City, Utah, is among the exhibitors at the ABAA’s 56th California International Antiquarian Book Fair (February 9-11).

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Churchill's personal writing desk sold in New York

01 February 2024

Winston Churchill’s desk which he used to write his Second World War memoirs has been sold by Peter Harrington Rare Books at The Winter Show in New York (January 19-28).

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William Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens feature in part two of the famed Foyle family library sale

30 January 2024

The second part of the auction of The Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey is returning to Dominic Winter Auctioneers.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, January 30-February 20, 2024

29 January 2024

Our regular listing of books auctions

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Original watercolour for Little Prince makes top price among an array of manuscripts and letters

29 January 2024

An original watercolour of the 'Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry fetched nearly 10 times its low estimate, selling for a record £240,000 hammer.

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Five questions with Jesse Rossa of Triolet Rare Books

29 January 2024

Jesse Rossa of California firm Triolet Rare Books is one of the exhibitors at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair.

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California fair reveals a 19th century version of AI

29 January 2024

Catalogue of ‘mechanised thought’ counts as one of the stand-out items for sale at San Francisco event

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