Books and Works on Paper


Henry James inscription lifts HG Wells book at Charterhouse auction

15 May 2017

Books from the library of neurologist Dr MacDonald Critchley sold as part of an April 20-21 auction held by Charterhouse (19.5% buyer’s premium) naturally included books related to his professional interests, among them copies of his own works. But the lot that attracted most bidding interest was a novel by HG Wells.


Hemingway under the hammer in New York auction

08 May 2017

Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald were among the financial big-hitters when a third part of the extensive Maurice F Neville collection of modern literature was sold by Sotheby’s New York (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on April 24.


Dive in to bid for pioneering swimming works

08 May 2017

Sold for £6000 in a Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of March 30 was a copy of one of the earliest books on swimming.


Literary path begins for Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain

08 May 2017

Compiled by J Wells Kelly and published in San Francisco in 1862, a rare copy of the First Directory of Nevada Territory…, which was worn, dry and splitting but in original, leather-backed printed boards, sold for $6500 (£5080) in a PBA Galleries sale of April 20.


Historian has a swing at covering ‘world’s first golf club’

08 May 2017

Best round scores in the most recent PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium) golfing sale came with the appearance of a group of the papers of golfing historian and collector CB Clapcott.


Hunter S Thompson's fearful and loathsome jacket

08 May 2017

“We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold” are the opening words of Hunter S Thompson’s notorious and loosely autobiographical novel Fear and Loathing Las Vegas…


First Just William work takes rightful pole position

08 May 2017

Reversing the usual pattern where it is an author’s first book that makes the big money, it is the last of the 38 books featuring Richmal Crompton’s most famous children’s book creation that has for many years been one of the most expensive purchases for collectors.


Scarfe savages all before him with 130 works at auction

08 May 2017

More than 130 original artworks by the artist, sometimes savage political cartoonist and stage designer, Gerald Scarfe, were offered by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on April 5.


The burgeoning market for original 19th and 20th century illustrations

02 May 2017

From Arthur Rackham to Gerald Scarfe, there is a burgeoning market for original illustration art of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Many happy returns for book anniversaries

02 May 2017

Literary anniversaries are a good story to tell to potential sellers but do they bring greater interest and greater prices?


Forum Auctions: Sponsor’s welcome

02 May 2017

‘As London’s newest specialist auction house, our sponsorship of this ATG supplement is a very natural fit’


William Heath Robinson and the art of illustration

02 May 2017

The name of William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) is enshrined in the Oxford English Dictionary. Definition: “Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction”.


Recent hammer highlights from Modern first editions to Eagle comics

02 May 2017

A selection of stand-out results achieved at auctions in the UK and abroad.


Old Master prints – the market best-kept secret?

02 May 2017

With prices lagging behind modern limited editions, Old Master prints may be the market’s best-kept secret...


A brief history of book dealing associations

02 May 2017

ATG’s timeline chronicling the history of book dealing associations from 1906 to 2016…

Introduction: A necessary evolution

02 May 2017

A hundred or so years ago, a group of booksellers gathered in London for their debut exhibition, with a catalogue that boasted no fewer than 15 original William Caxton books.

A new generation in the books, maps and prints trade…

02 May 2017

A new generation of dealers, auctioneers and fair organisers is keen to show there is a thriving future for the trade.


Industry bodies and the common bonds that tie the antiquarian book trade together

02 May 2017

From the earliest days a common bond has bound the antiquarian book trade together. And, more than ever, professional standards matter.


Highlights coming up at auction from Dutch 'Golden Age' maps to Muriel Spark's first novel

02 May 2017

A selection of forthcoming UK and international auction highlights.


A brief history of Old Master prints

02 May 2017

A millennia after the technology was first used in China, the earliest printed images in Europe were created in the 14th century. Simple woodcuts intended for private devotion, they served as cheap substitutes for book illuminations. Few survive today.