Dominic Winter

Dominic Winter was established in 1988 and holds over 20 auctions every year at its Cirencester saleroom in the UK. They hold regular general sales which feature fine art, medals, arms, coins, stamps and militaria.

Dominic Winter is well known for its regular specialist book sales. The book sales are dedicated to travel, maps, topography, first editions, children’s books and antiquarian books.


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The first voyage to Arcturus

22 January 2018

A classic metaphysical fantasy novel that sold poorly when first issued but later influenced the works of CS Lewis and gained many admirers, A Voyage to Arcturus is the work of David Lindsay.

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Fab feats at Crystal Palace

15 January 2018

Illustrated here are two of the 20 hand-coloured litho plates, many showing the Crystal Palace in the background and each with a rhyming couplet below, that make up Blondin’s Marvellous Feats.

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Pick of the Week: Orwell classic hammered down and out of saleroom at £46,000

02 January 2018

Complete with slightly frayed and browned but rarely seen jacket, a 1933 copy of George Orwell’s 'Down and Out in Paris and London' was bid to £46,000 by James Hall of Lucius Books in York at a Dominic Winter sale.

Richard Adams collection auction catalogue

Shakespeare Second Folio from collection of Watership Down author sells at Gloucestershire auction

21 December 2017

A copy of the second folio of William Shakespeare's plays from 1632 was among the star attractions at the sale of the library of the late Richard Adams (1920-2016), the author of ‘Watership Down’.

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Bee books create saleroom buzz

04 December 2017

British bee books formed an unusual feature of a November 8 sale held by Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

04 December 2017

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships

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Cocktail recipes go into the sale mix

20 November 2017

It looks very tatty, but the dust jacket shown below is apparently a rare variant featuring a classic 1937 design by Alex Jardine for a 1927 first ‘Coronation’ edition of the Café Royal Cocktail Book.

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The polar explorers who searched for fellow explorer Franklin

16 October 2017

A single-owner collection focusing on the polar regions was a notable feature of the travel section of the October 4 sale held by Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium). It included, at a 10-times estimate £3000, the posthumously published Memoirs of Lieutenant Joseph Rene Bellot.

Ship logbook Australia

Logbook recording brutal treatment of teenage 'exiles' transported to Australia sells for £11,000 at Gloucestershire auction

10 October 2017

A logbook recording three voyages to Australia and the Far East made in 1847-52, two of them transporting young prisoners, or 'exiles', to Australia, led Dominic Winter’s latest sale.

Saleroom finds winning recipe

18 September 2017

In recent years Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium) has enjoyed considerable success with cookery manuscripts and the most recent auction further enhanced the saleroom’s recipe for culinary success.

Sheridan’s ‘School for Scandal’

Manuscript copy of Sheridan’s ‘School for Scandal’ takes £3100 at Gloucestershire auction

14 September 2017

Bid to £3100, some ten times the high estimate, a contemporary manuscript copy of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s ‘The School for Scandal’ sold at a recent Dominic Winter sale.

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1813 and all tatt

26 August 2017

Tattooed from head to foot, this ‘Native of Nukahiva’ (in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia) features on one of the two frontispieces and a folding chart that form the illustrative content of the 1813, first English edition of Adam von Krusenstern’s 1803-06 Voyage round the World…

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Tolkien writes early verses to get into the Hobbit

14 August 2017

Three of the poems featured in A Northern Venture…, a slim collection of verses by members of the Leeds University English School Association published by the Swan Press in 1923, added considerable value to this now rare little work.

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French 18th century magic trick book features 'blow' reading device

14 August 2017

‘L’Abbé Quille’ (shown below), against whose leg a dog is seen relieving itself in the illustration, is one of 84 hand-coloured plates – 12 each of seven subjects – that make up a French magic trick book of c.1799 sold for £2900 by Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium) in a June 19-20 sale.

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Gould’s Birds of Britain flies to £36,000 at Dominic Winter

07 August 2017

Handsomely bound, a set of Gould’s Birds of Britain offered as part of the small but select Dorros ornithological library at Christie’s New York sale of June 15 failed against a $60,000-80,000 estimate, but in a Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium) sale of the previous day a very differently presented set brought a mid-estimate £36,000.

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One Welshman and his goat: rare broadside takes £1200 at auction

03 August 2017

Dating from the early to mid-18th century, the large, roughly 16 x 14in wood engraving called ‘Shone-Ap-Morgan, Shentleman of Wales’ seen below is an exceptionally rare broadside that was sold for £1200 in a Dominic Winter auction this summer.

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Meadows on organic auctions growth

10 July 2017

While many in the trade believe the future lies in specialisation, Gloucestershire auction house Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) is making significant inroads into the general market beyond its renown as expert in books, maps and other works on paper.

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The influence of Burne-Jones on British artists

03 July 2017

A “jewel-like” painting of a young girl reading by Edward Frampton (1870-1932) starred in Dominic Winter’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) June 15 sale.

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Bird’s-eye view and busy bees in Cirencester

30 May 2017

Over three busy days in May Dominic Winter (19.5% buyer’s premium) mounted a three-catalogue sale that presented close on 1600 lots in all.

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Motoring lots roar in to South Cerney books auction

30 May 2017

The general sale at Dominic Winter was followed on May 11 by one of motoring literature, automobilia and historic bicycles and accessories – a 620-lot auction held in conjunction with Transport Collector Auctions.

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