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No escaping Houdini’s research

08 May 2023

'A Magician Among the Spirits' by Harry Houdini conjured up one of the highest prices in the Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) Houdini-related sale in Chicago on April 8 when it sold for $15,000 (£12,095).

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Big price for miniature work at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr

08 May 2023

The first 90 or so lots in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of Islamic and Indian Art held in Paris on April 6 were the property of a Royal collection.

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Spotlight on the Tomkinson collection

01 May 2023

This special edition of A Japanese Collection (1898) by Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921) is one of the first 25 copies printed on Indian paper and is signed and dedicated by the author to his daughter Dora.

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Surely you know Albert Smith?

17 April 2023

Forgotten today, a collection sold in Somerset remembers a multi-talented showman and author

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Rediscovered prayer book of ‘Charles II’s priest’ sells at Liverpool auction

10 April 2023

A prayer book once owned by a priest who helped Charles II hide after defeat at the Battle of Worcester, and later heard his death-bed confession, has sold at auction to a national heritage organisation.

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Longfellow popular in Florida

10 April 2023

Inscribed as a gift and sent with his kind regards to Miss Anne Stephenson, the daughter of his aunt and uncle, Abigail and Samuel Longfellow Stephenson, an 1868 edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 'The Courtship of Miss Standish and other Poems' was offered in a sale held by Sarasota Auctions (26% buyer’s premium).

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High standard thrills at Heritage Auctions

10 April 2023

Offered as part of a March 2 sale held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) that was billed as a Pulp Magazine Showcase was this October 1919 issue of 'The Thrill Book'.

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Webs of intrigue from spiders and a controversial cleric

10 April 2023

Shown here is what would be an arachnophobe’s nightmare: one of the 29 hand-coloured engraved plates that illustrate a copy of John Blackwell’s 'History of Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland'.

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The last word on Samuel Johnson

03 April 2023

Shrewsbury sale offered rare opportunity to bid for a letters by the great writer and lexicographer

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Dictionaries at the double at Newcastle auction

03 April 2023

First published in 1755, Samuel Johnson’s 'A Dictionary of the English Language' had taken eight years to compile with six helpers.

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Watership Down in a special binding

03 April 2023

A sale held by Martel Maides (20% buyer’s premium) of Guernsey to disperse the contents two island homes included some 60 or more single and multiple lots of books, a number of which boasted special bindings.

Shakespeare's four Folios

Rare collection of Shakespeare’s four Folios and poems offered by London dealer

29 March 2023

Bookseller Peter Harrington is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of William Shakespeare’s First Folio with the sale of a rare collection of works.

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Tolkien’s family and friends

27 March 2023

Middle-Earth history works edited by Christopher and two copies of The Hobbit with interesting links

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Long life down to good cooking?

13 March 2023

Manuscript including recipes sold for £15,000 was written by a lady who died ‘aged around 100’

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Maritime tale gains from Mark Twain inscription

13 March 2023

A 1908, presentation first of one of WW Jacobs’ maritime tales, 'Salthaven', was the top lot in a sale held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium).

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Beautiful Kelmscott work... shame about the library stamp

06 March 2023

Featured in an Oxford sale was a copy of the 1893, Kelmscott Press edition of The History of Godefrey of Boloyne and of the Conquest of Jerusalem.

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Coming to TEFAF: Shapero Rare Books

27 February 2023

Rare books specialist Shapero Rare Books run by Bernard Shapero is a regular exhibitor at TEFAF.

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Time and place for Hemingway

27 February 2023

Inscription signalled one of American literature’s most significant editorial relationships

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Wish you were here… in the New World

13 February 2023

Sixteenth century work edited by Hakluyt aimed to encourage English expansion and influence

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Fifteenth century friar's manual inspired by the game of chess

06 February 2023

A 15th century first edition of a pioneering work by Johannes Gallensis surfaced at auction late last month.