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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Holy order at £25,000

15 February 2021

Though incomplete and in a decorative 19th century binding, a very desirable early Bible impressed at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).

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Pioneering sea atlas sails to a new high

15 February 2021

Sold for a record €260,000 (£234,235) in Hamburg was a copy of Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer’s Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris occidentalis…

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Les Hymnes sing out in the Barbier-Muller collection

15 February 2021

On March 23 Christie’s France, in association with booksellers Jacques Quentin (Geneva) and Benoît Forgeot (Paris), will offer the first part of the poetic library of Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller.

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Peanuts: early days unveiled at Heritage Auctions

15 February 2021

Early look of Peanuts cartoon strip evident from lot offered at Heritage Auctions.

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Early coloured print of Melbourne under the hammer

15 February 2021

A very early coloured litho view of Melbourne formed part of an Australiana sale held by dealer and auctioneer Peter Arnold (18% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: February 16-28, 2021

15 February 2021

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Shapero Rare Books launches Islamic department

15 February 2021

Shapero Rare Books has launched a new Islamic department, broadening its collections of books from the Arabic, Ottoman, Persian and Indian worlds.

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Work that brought colour to life

08 February 2021

Influential Moses Harris work had made no appearance in auction records and sparked vibrant bidding at Hansons.

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Cottam on to a super collection

08 February 2021

Books from the collection of the late Derek Cottam made a significant contribution to a Norfolk sale.

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Result that was fine and Dandy

08 February 2021

One highlight of a timed online sale of comics and related artwork was a complete run of Dandy for the year 1944 at £2250.

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Bidders savour Edmund Spenser works in beautiful bindings

08 February 2021

Two beautifully illustrated, illuminated and finely bound manuscripts offered at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) featured the works of Edmund Spenser.

British and Irish book auctions: February 9-19, 2021

08 February 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

British and Irish book auctions: February 3-19, 2021

01 February 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Beethoven sorry for the trouble

01 February 2021

Simple, undated note by the Beethoven bought for $220,000 at Heritage auction by a big fan

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Letter including drawing of turbulent lovers Verlaine and Rimbaud sold at at Christie’s

01 February 2021

Sold for €160,000 (£144,145) was a letter sent by Félix Régamy to his brother Frédéric including a drawing of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine in England.

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Your 13 steps to riches

01 February 2021

First edition of Napoleon Hill’s 'Think and Grow Rich' sells at auction

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Heinemann first edition of 'Present Laughter' by Noel Coward sold at Toovey's auction

01 February 2021

Signed by the author and all members of the cast, the stage manager and the props manager, a 1943, Heinemann first of 'Present Laughter' was one of two Noel Coward plays that made up a lot sold for £1600 via thesaleroom.com in a Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

01 February 2021

Signed and inscribed Marilyn Monroe photo to 'Joe' poses an auction puzzler

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Five stand-out lots from 600 in South Cerney

01 February 2021

Running to 600 lots, a sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) included a great many maps and prints alongside books.

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Dealer offers epic Habsburg poem on vellum at Stuttgart Rare Book Fair

25 January 2021

Presented on vellum with luxury colouring and illuminated with silver and gold, this is a rare first edition of Theuerdank.

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