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Bristol University to buy judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from famous obscenity trial

02 October 2019

Fundraising led by writers’ association English PEN has helped save for the nation the judge’s annotated copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover'.

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Mummy rises to a shock result in Exeter auction

16 September 2019

The second published work of the ‘flower book lady’ has no other auction appearance

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Record reveals the Grim Reaper’s toll

16 September 2019

A final selection of works from the London summer sale of books from the Fox Pointe Manor library* includes a gruesome account of London’s ‘Great Plague’.

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Early railway book steams into Bonhams sale

16 September 2019

How very different London’s Euston station looks in this coloured aquatint from a copy of Thomas Talbot Bury’s 'Six Coloured Views on the London and Birmingham Railway'.

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Differing Defoes in single sale

16 September 2019

Very different works by Daniel Defoe featured in an online summer sale in London: one famous, the other far removed in its subject matter and probably little known.

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Double Darwin and further lots from the brilliant Braune collection

09 September 2019

It was as recently as June 13 that a presentation copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species made a record $400,000 (£316,353) at Bonhams New York – as reported in ATG No 2398. However, barely a month had passed before another 1859 first attracted a substantial six-figure bid in London.

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First edition Compleat Angler to hook bidders

26 August 2019

A first edition of the most famous work in angling literature will be offered at auction in North Yorkshire.

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Bird images by Elizabeth Gould takes centre stage at Sotheran’s show

15 July 2019

Vivid and lifelike, the lithograph of an Ariel Toucan shown below first appeared in a monograph by British naturalist John Gould (1804-81), 'The Bird Man'. Despite being in the hand of his wife Elizabeth (1804-41), this, like most of the illustrations in John’s publications, was long considered to be essentially his work.

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Pick of the week: Print shows bidding for books way back in c.1700

08 July 2019

A rare copy of the earliest-known depiction of a book auction emerged for sale in Gloucestershire at the end of last month.

Men charged over 2017 Feltham book theft

01 July 2019

Two men will appear in court in connection with the 2017 theft of rare books from a west London warehouse.

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International organised crime group arrested in €2m rare books heist

27 June 2019

Members of a crime gang believed to be behind the 2017 theft of 260 rare books in west London have been arrested in a joint operation with authorities across Romania, the UK and Italy.

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Signed Harry Potter book comes to auction in County Durham

19 June 2019

A signed hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, plus other associated memorabilia, will be offered at Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees.

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Gaston Leroux’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' makes a very real result at Swann auction

10 June 2019

Sporting a torn and defective but rarely seen dust jacket, a 1911, first American printing of Gaston Leroux’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' sold for $10,000 (£7750) in a recent New York sale.

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Greek philosopher gets his house in order

10 June 2019

Early printed books, among them a Bible of 1476, were a notable feature of a recent West Sussex sale.

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Alfred Russell Wallace's evolution of a work on palm trees

10 June 2019

A Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of May 30 ran to well over 540 lots in all, but it was very early in proceedings that a much, much higher than predicted bid of £26,000 was made on an 1853, presentation first of 'Palm Trees of the Amazon and their uses.

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Four places to see and buy art in London this weekend including Russian illustrations and Bugatti sculptures

07 June 2019

Before the explosion of art shows and fairs at the end of the month, there are still plenty of places to hunt out painting and sculpture around London.

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In her own write: The way the market is changing for rare books by women authors

21 May 2019

After more than two centuries of collecting history, the market is once again changing how it evaluates – and values – rare books by women. Bonhams’ head of books Matthew Haley reports...

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Faces from Firsts: Interviews with three exhibitors at the upcoming book fair in the capital

21 May 2019

A trio of exhibitors at London’s rare book fair 'Firsts' ponder the market, their motivations – plus flooded shops and heavy metal.

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21st century tastes: How the growing interest in the history of food and drink is influencing the market for early recipe books

21 May 2019

Old cookery books are more than simply receptacles of food history. They speak of technological change, the availability and discovery of ingredients that came with the expansion of the known world and how the social standing of the cook or chef changed over time. They are also very much in collecting vogue.

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Books and maps highlights at fairs for summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights that dealers are taking to upcoming fairs.