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How to get away with murder

22 March 2021

Collection offered in London auction included Agatha Christie and other crime classics

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Choc full of treats at Hindman

08 March 2021

Hindman is holding an auction of Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection on March 19.

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First edition of Philip Marlowe's debut book offered in Chicago

08 March 2021

This first edition, first printing of Raymond Chandler’s 'The Big Sleep' is the book that introduced detective Philip Marlowe.

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Mail robber’s candid story of seduction and smuggling will go on museum display

01 March 2021

A rare, candid autobiographical account by a soon-to-be-executed 18th century brickmaker has been bought by Horsham Museum.

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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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Hokusai print, 18th century racehorse portraits and 1920s fountain pen are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

22 January 2021

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a one of only two known copies of James Roberts’ ‘The Sportsman’s Pocket Companion’.

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Books by Jane Austen’s favourite poet return home to Chawton House

11 January 2021

Chawton House has bought a rare first edition of Poems by Jane Austen’s favourite poet, William Cowper, which was once owned by her brother.

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Dorset museum raises funds to secure Thomas Hardy archive from London book dealer

07 January 2021

The Dorset Archives Trust (DAT) has raised the final £5000 needed to purchase a collection of important manuscript and printed material once owned by novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).

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Naturally appealing in NY

21 December 2020

Americana, travel and natural history were billed as the main attractions of a sale at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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Book trade on alert after smash and grab thefts in London

14 December 2020

A spate of thefts from central London shops has put the antiquarian book trade on high alert.

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Four lots take half sale total at Christie's New York

14 December 2020

Four lots between them raised $1.5m including premiums to rack up more than half the total at an online sale in New York.

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Wallis cracks it in the saleroom

30 November 2020

Unpublished work by mathematician John Wallis who was also a major influence in code breaking sells at Dominic Winter

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Debut with lots of Biblical proportions

30 November 2020

A single leaf from a Gutenberg Bible that sold for a higher than expected $65,000 (£50,980) in a Philadelphia sale this autumn.

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The web shop window: ‘Princes’ edition’ of epic poem symbolising Holy Roman Emperor

30 November 2020

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

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Bristol auction includes a lot of local interest

16 November 2020

Offered as part of a sale held in Bristol were two copies of 'The Merchants Avizo….', a work by a local man, John Browne.

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Leaves and butterflies make a natural fit in US saleroom

16 November 2020

With only eight of the 178 lots offered left on the shelves at the day’s end and a top lot in the six-figure bracket, a Doyle (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) online auction was certainly a success.

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Works hailing from across the Atlantic shine in Chicago

16 November 2020

Chaucer and Shakespeare, Darwin and Tolkien were among the big-name and more expensive lots sold as part of the Gerald and Barbara Weiner library at Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Chicago.

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Police return £2.5m rare books to dealers but four still missing after west London raid

12 November 2020

Rare books stolen in a ‘Mission: Impossible-style’ raid on a warehouse in west London in 2017 have been returned after a joint operation with Met police officers and Romanian authorities.

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Beyond Browning in Somerset

09 November 2020

Principal attraction in a Crewkerne book sale at Lawrences (25% buyers premium) was the Browning family archive that featured as Pick of the Week in ATG No 2459, but three other items from that 370 lot sale are noted here.

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American accounts of life gone by

09 November 2020

Two very different lots were bid to $22,000 (£17,325) each in a sale of printed and manuscript Americana held in New York.