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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Robot paws: the new look for PBFA book fairs

24 August 2020

PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) has held four monthly online book fairs, with the fifth going live to the public at noon on Saturday, August 29. Up to 15 books/items can be put up for sale by each bookseller member.

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Scottish play opens in NY

24 August 2020

Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.

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Comic effect

24 August 2020

The two ink drawings reproduced here both made substantial sums in a June 27 sale of comic strip artwork held in Paris by Artcurial.

British and Irish book auctions, August 25-September 12, 2020

24 August 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Through the Glasgow looking glass

24 August 2020

Featured in Previews, ATG No 2449, was an amusing illustration of the Vacuum Tube, a proposed new means of mass transport from the pages of the Glasgow Looking Glass, a publication that has come to be widely regarded as the world’s first comic.

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Golden oldies: abbey archive and penitential work for preachers

24 August 2020

Sold at £140,000 in the first of two early manuscript sales held by Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on July 8 was a lot featured in the front page story in ATG No 2447.

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Thomson takes pride

24 August 2020

Firsts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have made as much as £115,000* at auction.

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Love letters from Welsh artist and poet David Jones go under the hammer

19 August 2020

Letters written by the painter David Jones (1895-1974) are coming to auction today at Bonhams.

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Kelmscott Press copy tempts bidders at Hindman

17 August 2020

A number of higher-priced lots featured in a sale held by Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Chicago this summer, where fine binding was very much in evidence on both individual volumes and sets.

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Signed Oscar Wilde work is among literary highlights of a mixed auction

17 August 2020

Spread over two days and running to 600 lots, a very mixed sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) included Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of being Earnest' as one of the literary high spots.

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Chase is on for hunting accounts

17 August 2020

Arnold ‘Jake’ Johnson’s library of thousands of volumes covering travel, big game hunting – the focus of the three lots featured here – sporting and other fields is being dispersed by Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in various live and online auctions in New York.

British and Irish book auctions: August 18-September 3, 2020

17 August 2020

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions, August 18-September 3, 2020.

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Glasgow comes to the aid of Greece

10 August 2020

Each bearing estimates of £300-400, two lots in a summer online auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) brought substantially higher rewards.

Seeing stars for the first time

10 August 2020

Copy of newspaper containing what became the US national anthem makes sale appearance

British and Irish book auctions: August 11-30, 2020

10 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 11-30, 2020.

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First Batman from Down Under makes rare appearance at Comic Book Auctions

10 August 2020

With their regular photographer isolated in Somerset, it was proprietor Malcolm Phillips’ partner, Sally, who used her iPhone to produce all the catalogue images for a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale on thesaleroom.com.

British and Irish book auctions: August 4-20, 2020

03 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 4-20, 2020.

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Copy of Viscount Kingsborough’s 'Antiquities of Mexico' sells at Christie's in New York

03 August 2020

Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) recently staged two important book sales online that between them raised almost $3.38m, including premiums.

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Letters feature prominently in exceptionally varied Edinburgh auction

03 August 2020

An exceptionally varied and very successful recent Scottish sale contained a great many letters and plenty of fascinating manuscript material.

Mary Queen of Scots prayerbook

Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book sells at Christie’s Classic sale

30 July 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) sold at Christie’s Classic Art evening sale in London.

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