Books and Works on Paper


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Rare copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s first book sells at Bonhams

27 January 2020

Published anonymously in Boston in 1828, a copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s youthful first book, 'Fanshawe', sold for $38,000 (£28,790) at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9%).

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A 17th century baffle of the sexes

27 January 2020

Bible suggests confusion over ‘he’ or ‘she’ may not be purely a modern-day phenomenon.

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Virgil’s work becomes a Scottish literature classic

27 January 2020

Fifty or so lots from the library of the Earls of Haddington that were offered as part of London sale included their fair share of exceptional lots.

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‘Frost Fair’ broadsides: souvenir of a frozen Thames

27 January 2020

Two ‘Frost Fair’ broadsides printed at one of the many stalls set up on the Thames during a hard 18th century winter in which London’s river froze over were sold in a recent sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: January 28-February 13, 2020

27 January 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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The real Carroll looking glass

20 January 2020

The fact that Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) regularly made use of a magnifying glass is noted by biographers and underlined by references found in his letters.

British and Irish book auctions: January 21-February 8, 2020

20 January 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Lewd awakenings in salerooms

20 January 2020

Pocket guide to pleasure stimulates in Staffs and saucy memoir excites bidders in Yorks.

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Poe-faced search for inspiration

20 January 2020

This watercolour drawing by Charles Addams was one of the more successful lots in a December 10 Illustration Art sale held by Swann Galleries (25/20/10% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Bible that sets out its time, place, date – and printer

20 January 2020

Among the very earliest printed works sold at auction at the end of last year was a beautifully illuminated Biblia Latina printed in August 1462, just seven years after the great Gutenberg Bible.

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The Man on the Moon lives in a pumpkin

20 January 2020

Among the more inspired catalogue cover illustrations featured in the end-of-year book auctions was one produced by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9%) for a December 4 sale.

British and Irish book auctions: January 14-February 27, 2020

13 January 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book sales.

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Sales reach Olympic heights

13 January 2020

Games manifesto from 1892 and Audubon’s classic head a selection of money-spinners.

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Warfare manual given to a prince

06 January 2020

A superb copy of Henry Hexham’s 'Principles of the Art Militarie' of 1637 was last seen at Sotheby’s in April 1919, as part of the library of the Earl of Chesterfield.

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John Gould’s ‘masterpiece’ is offered at auction in a rare complete set of 25 original parts

06 January 2020

Bid just short of the high estimate to sell at £56,000 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale was a rare complete set in 25 original parts of John Gould’s 'Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming Birds' of 1849-61.

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Spartan artwork sparkles at £5700

06 January 2020

As in its September auction, a double-page Frank Bellamy artwork featuring ‘Heros the Spartan’ proved a star turn in the latest Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) online sale on thesaleroom.com.

British and Irish book auctions: January 7-18, 2020

06 January 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 7-18, 2020.

British and Irish book auctions, January 1-30, 2020

23 December 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Games of genius and Uncle Sam

23 December 2019

Among the selection of instructional games and pastimes featured at Forum Auctions (25/12/12% buyer’s premium) on November 21 two of the more successful lots were published by Edward Wallis.

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New Olympic record breaker

23 December 2019

A copy of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto made an auction record for sports memorabilia when it was hammered down for $7.5m (£5.73m).

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