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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Guide to archery by author best known for duck decoy work hits the spot in Yorkshire sale

20 April 2020

Compiled by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey of Thirkleby Park in North Yorkshire, an illustrated manuscript on archery dating from the opening years of the last century has sold for £2600. It was part of a sale held in Leyburn by Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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Fiddle makers and fiddlers

20 April 2020

Bid to £4100 and £3000 in a sale held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley were two albums, or ledgers, relating to the business of violin maker WE Hill & Sons – both with a direct family provenance.

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Book of Hours made for Charles VIII of France offered online by Les Enluminures

20 April 2020

This small-scale book of hours, below, was made c.1490-93 for Charles VIII of France. Containing 12 full-page and 10 small miniatures by the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse, it is offered by Les Enluminures for $575,000 as part of its online initiative: a Books of Hours online update to be sent out biannually.

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Beatrix Potter bonanza as large collection comes up at New York auction

15 April 2020

Early works from the ever-popular Beatrix Potter including original drawings or letters are coming up for sale in a New York online auction.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 14-28, 2020

13 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 14-28, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Old world, new technology at Forum's auction of works from the library of the Birmingham Assay Office

13 April 2020

London auctioneer spends nine hours conducting bidding on the rostrum for online sale

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ILAB to hold Covid 19 Crisis webinar

09 April 2020

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is to hold a webinar today (Thursday April 9) to discuss trading difficulties during the coronavirus shutdown.

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Shorthorn Society collection in the spotlight at Carlisle auction

06 April 2020

Books, catalogues, ephemera, pictures and other material from the collections of the Shorthorn Society of the United Kingdom & Ireland formed a significant part of a recent Carlisle sale.

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Witch pickings in salerooms

06 April 2020

Puritan Cotton Mather’s defence of executions is latest work on the subject to surface.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 7-25, 2020

06 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 7-25, 2020.

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Horror titles cut after decapitation shocker

06 April 2020

Offered without a reserve, a job lot of “low grade” comics dating from the 1940s-50s ended up selling for £1200 in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale on thesaleroom.com.

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More adventures of Tintin in Brussels auction

06 April 2020

Tintin was a major player in a sale of Comic Strip art staged in Belgium.

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Albert Einstein letters come to auction in Dallas

01 April 2020

Several letters written by Albert Einstein discussing his most significant scientific accomplishments will be among the major attractions in Heritage Auctions’ April 23 sale of historical manuscripts in Dallas.

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Alamo and O Henry, oh yes

30 March 2020

Sold at $60,000 (£46,295) in a recent New York sale was a broadside, Noticia Estraordinaria, printed in Mexico City in 1836, that brought news of the fall of the Alamo in March of that year.

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Rail rarity sets out on a new route

30 March 2020

A very early railway guide, still in the original decorative boards, was a rare and unusual lot in a recent held by Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Inscription in Harry Potter book acknowledges the person who spotted its potential

30 March 2020

Key to a price tag of £95,000 for a slightly bumped first impression copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' offered in a recent Bonhams sale lay in an inscription.

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Key work of American political theory sold at Heritage

30 March 2020

Comprising essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, all of which were published under the same pen name, ‘Publius’, The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution… is a key American contribution to political theory.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): March 31-April 11, 2020

30 March 2020

British and Irish book auctions, March 31-April 11, 2020.

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Rare photos of Alaskan ‘Gold Rush' bid to over 25-times estimate

23 March 2020

An album of 35 photographs relating to the Alaskan ‘Gold Rush’ of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries sold for £1900 rather than the estimate of £50-70 in a recent North Yorkshire sale.

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Austen firsts star in US

23 March 2020

First editions of all of Jane Austen’s major works featured in a sale last month held by Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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