Books and Works on Paper


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Dalmations spotted as Dodie Smith books bring demand

21 September 2020

Inscribed copies of the works of Dodie Smith were among the attractions of a summer sale held by Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.

British and Irish book auctions: September 22-October 9, 2020

21 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 22-October 9, 2020.

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Dickens and Dostoevsky lots attract bids at PBA Galleries sale

21 September 2020

Plenty of Dickensian lots were on offer in a sale held by US saleroom PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium).

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Sotheby's sells huge set of Egypt volumes housed in a cabinet was once owned by the King of France

21 September 2020

Stand-out lot in a travel, map and natural history sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a grand and elaborately cased set of the monumental 'Description de l’Egypte' of 1809-22.

British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 2020

14 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.

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Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's

14 September 2020

Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance

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First edition of Thomas Malthus’ essay on population and first Ethiopian edition of the New Testament leads German auction

14 September 2020

Always likely to produce one of the sale’s best results, a 1798 first of Thomas Malthus’ 'Essay on the Principle of Population' duly led the bidding in a recent German sale.

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Copy of Proclamation of the Irish Republic takes €190,000 at Whyte’s

14 September 2020

In 1916 around 500 copies of the historic ‘Proclamation of the Irish Republic’ were printed, of which today just 30 or so survivors are recorded.

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Snail Syrup for anyone?

07 September 2020

Bid to €10,000 (£9100) in a timed online sale at Fonsie Mealy (25/20% buyers premium) this summer was a two-volume collection of medical and other receipts compiled by Mrs Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826).

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Another Edison light bulb moment

07 September 2020

Appropriately enough, the very first lot offered in a sale called Eureka! was one that focused on scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, was an autograph manuscript of seven pages of annotated design drawings by Thomas Edison relating to his work on light bulbs.

British and Irish book auctions: September 8-19, 2020

07 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 8-19, 2020.

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Cosmographica print pioneer

07 September 2020

Manuscript was brought to Italy from Constantinople and later printed in Vicenza

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First auction appearance for work by missionary who opened up Chinese language

31 August 2020

Robert Morrison, a protestant missionary, pioneer sinologist and author of several works on the Chinese language as well as a translator, has been called the ‘Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature’.

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Newton with musical support

31 August 2020

Mathematical work makes £300,000 in auction where composers also feature heavily

British and Irish book auctions: September 1-16, 2020

31 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 1-16, 2020.

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Rich variety of printed material sold in Cornwall auction

31 August 2020

Extensively interleaved with scholarly notes and running to over 700pp, a Japanese and English Dictionary compiled by JC Hepburn was a notable rarity in a Cornish summer sale.

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Scottish play opens in NY

24 August 2020

Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.

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Comic effect

24 August 2020

The two ink drawings reproduced here both made substantial sums in a June 27 sale of comic strip artwork held in Paris by Artcurial.

British and Irish book auctions, August 25-September 12, 2020

24 August 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Through the Glasgow looking glass

24 August 2020

Featured in Previews, ATG No 2449, was an amusing illustration of the Vacuum Tube, a proposed new means of mass transport from the pages of the Glasgow Looking Glass, a publication that has come to be widely regarded as the world’s first comic.

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