Books and Works on Paper


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Archive reveals UK election shenanigans, 1826 style

06 February 2023

Lot sold for multiple-estimate sum in Cumbrian sale relates to a notorious election in Northumberland

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Buyer gets teeth into Thomas Nashe feast

06 February 2023

Extraordinary collection generates £64,000 bid for collaborative works by the playwright and poet

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Just 5 out of 10... but full value in Superman terms

06 February 2023

A copy of the very first 'Superman' comic of 1939 that came to auction in the US was not in the finest of conditions, indeed rated only VG/FN 5.O.

British and Irish book auctions: February 7-28, 2023

06 February 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Jane Austen, a compact collection sold at Dominic Winter auction

30 January 2023

Small group of the author’s ever-popular works makes a big impression at Gloucestershire saleroom

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Ray Bradbury double offering

30 January 2023

Lot offers US editions of two science-fiction and fantasy classics by the US writer

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Early 19th century transformation game makes changes for comic effect

30 January 2023

An early 19th century transformation game featured at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham as part of a January 17 sale.

British and Irish book auctions, January 30-February 9

30 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Tarka the Otter author makes a sale splash

23 January 2023

Numerous works by Henry Williamson including fascinating inscriptions and annotations were offered in Chichester saleroom

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Nicolas Robert hits bloom time at £355,000

23 January 2023

Right at the top of the price lists for a London sale of a second portion of the library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Earl Fairhaven, was a lot that presented a handsomely bound collection of 15 very fine watercolour on vellum drawings of flowers.

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Photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed for short-lived husband Joe DiMaggio

23 January 2023

Signed presidential and other politically significant documents and letters brought high bids at a Heritage (15/20/15% buyer’s premium) sale, but more costly than those lots was this photograph of Marilyn Monroe.

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Deeply personal Plath editions offered at Dominic Winter auction

23 January 2023

The auction at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on December 15 included two presentation first editions by Sylvia Plath.

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Pretty children's book comes with morality message

23 January 2023

Published by John Newbery c.1770, 'A Little Pretty Pocket Book…' and its companion 'Little Song Book' is a very small work indeed at little more than 3in (7.5cm) tall, but the latter includes some 54 woodcut illustrations and accompanying verses related to children’s games and pastimes.

British and Irish book auctions: January 24-February 1

23 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Churchill gathers sale demand

16 January 2023

An inscription bearing Winston Churchill’s signature and dated 1948 found in a single volume of his famous history of the Second World War that came to auction in Cumbria was believed to be authentic.

British and Irish book auctions: January 17-February 4, 2023

16 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Momentous lots of Irish history sold at Fonsie Mealy

16 January 2023

Easter Rising republic proclamation and Wolfe Tone’s revolutionary tract are sold on home turf.

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Mystery lot goes from £40-60 guide to £24,000

16 January 2023

A December 6 auction in Exeter was dominated by a lot estimated at just £40-60 but sold instead at £24,000.

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Presentation copy of Paddington Bear first edition sells to American bidder

16 January 2023

Having featured prominently on television in a specially made part of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Paddington Bear hardly needs any more publicity.

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Gillray drawing stars in a satirical selection

09 January 2023

Highlights from London auction also include art historian’s collection and extraordinary Orwell oddity

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