Books and Works on Paper


Shells sell in Edinburgh

23 March 2020

Containing some 600 hand-coloured engraved plates, a set of Sowerby and De Carle’s 'The Mineral Conchology of Great Britain…' of 1812-29 was just another of the many attraction in a sale last month held by Lyon & Turnbull.

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Collection assembled by descendant of circumnavigator Anson anchors travel selection

16 March 2020

Offered very early on in the books section of the Travel & Exploration sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium), a 24-lot collection relating to George Anson amassed by the late Colin Paul, a descendant of the admiral, attracted considerable interest.

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Sylvia Plath’s 'The Bell Jar' sells for £3000 at Surrey auction

16 March 2020

A copy of Sylvia Plath’s 'The Bell Jar' in a well-preserved dust jacket sold for £3000 in a recent Surrey auction may have set a record for any uninscribed or association copy.

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Even a sad Hobbit finds a home

16 March 2020

A copy of JRR Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' offered in a recent Surrey sale was a first-impression one of 1937, but essentially defined by its truly sad and defective condition.

British and Irish book auctions: March 11-31, 2020

16 March 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from March 11-31, 2020.

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Notorious female pirates inspired later authors

09 March 2020

Shown below is a plate from A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most Notorious Pyrates… sold at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) on February 19

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Middle Eastern medical manuscript proves to be £70,000 saleroom cure

09 March 2020

Said to date from the 12th-14th century, an incomplete and dampstained Middle Eastern medical manuscript sold for £70,000 at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) on February 22.

British and Irish book auctions: March 10-21, 2020

09 March 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Grim toll of plagues up to 1666

09 March 2020

List of deaths is timely reminder that outbreaks are nothing new

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Solid interest at Forum Auctions for Anthony Askham leaves

09 March 2020

Very much the surprise of an online sale held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was a lot presenting incomplete fragments of 'An Almanacke and Prognosticatyon'… for the year 1552.

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Rare early Biggles paperback flies again at Norfolk sale

09 March 2020

An unexpected star turn of a recent Norfolk sale was a job lot of works from the library of the late Ron Fiske of Morningthorpe Manor, an East Anglian collector whose books a Norfolk auction house first started dispersing a few years years ago.

British and Irish book auctions: March 3-18, 2020

02 March 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Fascinating documents showcase the foundation of the US

02 March 2020

A momentous letter of July 6, 1776, in which President of Congress John Hancock announced the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, was the most expensive lot in a printed and manuscript Americana sale on January 27.

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Map buyer goes with the flow

02 March 2020

Early-17th century Lithuanian plan sold alongside companion Dnieper river details

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Witchcraft account sells for over six-times estimate in Essex auction

02 March 2020

An eyewitness account of the trial of two elderly widows on charges of witchcraft proved one of the more successful lots in a truly Out of the Ordinary sale held in Essex on February 11.

British and Irish book auctions: February 25-March 12, 2020

24 February 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Comics with an X factor sold in Cumbria

24 February 2020

Comics played a significant part in a recent held by Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth, undoubtedly helped by the presence of some 30,000 Marvel comics from one private collection.

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Country house improvements count in a Carlisle saleroom

24 February 2020

Modestly estimated at just £100-150 in a recent Carlisle sale, an 18th century manuscript notebook offering ‘An Account of the Improvements in the Gardens & Park at Cannonhall’ proved a major attraction.

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Wood engravings showing executions in grisly detail emerge at Forum Auctions

24 February 2020

Two broadsides describing and illustrating with wood engravings the executions of convicted murderers were sold online at £1600 apiece by Forum.

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Manuscript from c.1270 tackles Medieval marriage guidance

24 February 2020

Featuring one historiated initial depicting a priest blessing the marriage of a couple who stand before him, a medieval guide to marital problems and resolutions made £32,000 online at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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