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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Auction record for Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ as book dealer bids $8.4m at Christie’s

16 October 2020

An ‘original and complete’ copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio of plays set an auction record at Christie's latest 'Exceptional' sale in New York.

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Map handy for a London visit

12 October 2020

It was not in the best of conditions, but an unusual cartographic lot in an August 6 sale at Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle sold at £420.

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Flying boats and Florence

12 October 2020

Florence Nightingale was a name that figured prominently among the 130 lots of books and ephemera offered as part of a September 2 sale in Shrewsbury.

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Cookery is a recipe for success

12 October 2020

Collection of hotelier, broadcaster and food writer includes many early works.

British and Irish book auctions, October 13-31, 2020

12 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Eye-opening images feature in German auction

12 October 2020

An October 27-30 sale of more than 2800 lots at Reiss & Sohn of Königstein-im-Taunus includes a 1583 first of Georg Bartisch’s Opthalmodouleia…, a famous work on eye surgery that is also the first extensively illustrated account of any surgical speciality.

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ILAB president announces launch of missing books database following re-election

07 October 2020

Australian book dealer Sally Burdon said she will use her second term as ILAB president to consolidate changes and launch a new missing books register following the international book trade association’s recent election.

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The web shop window: Oscar Wilde’s gothic horror

05 October 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

British and Irish book auctions, October 6-17, 2020

05 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Names to note in Norfolk sale

05 October 2020

Jane Austen was among the names to note in a recent Norfolk sale, with the day’s top bid securing a four-volume, 1818 first of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion.

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Dinosaur hunter Dorset style

05 October 2020

Letter highlights early fossil fan Mary Anning who is soon to be the subject of a film.

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ATG letter: Adding a few words to sold Napoleonic correspondence

28 September 2020

MADAM – The auction report (issue 2459, page 22) highlighting the sale of two Napoleonic documents at Sotheby’s is most interesting when you consider the two very different characters they were addressed to.

British and Irish book auctions, September 29-October 10, 2020

28 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 29-October 10, 2020.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Top quality works…and Trump

28 September 2020

Future president’s 'How to Get Rich' is a curious feature of a bumper summer sales week

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Monypenny and Mary Queen of Scots make a lively sale

28 September 2020

Bid to £1.35m at Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) this summer, as part of a ‘Classic Week’ evening sale of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts of all ages, was a lavishly illustrated Book of Hours attributed to the Master of the Monypenny Breviary and associates.

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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Dalmations spotted as Dodie Smith books bring demand

21 September 2020

Inscribed copies of the works of Dodie Smith were among the attractions of a summer sale held by Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.

British and Irish book auctions: September 22-October 9, 2020

21 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 22-October 9, 2020.

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Dickens and Dostoevsky lots attract bids at PBA Galleries sale

21 September 2020

Plenty of Dickensian lots were on offer in a sale held by US saleroom PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium).

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Sotheby's sells huge set of Egypt volumes housed in a cabinet was once owned by the King of France

21 September 2020

Stand-out lot in a travel, map and natural history sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a grand and elaborately cased set of the monumental 'Description de l’Egypte' of 1809-22.

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