Books and Works on Paper


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New World music making at Swann's Americana sale

13 May 2019

Billed as the first music to be both composed and printed in the New World, Juan Navarro’s setting of '…Quatuor passions Christi' was one of several items of Mexican origin to do well in a recent Americana sale.

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Frankenstein meets the sleepwalker

13 May 2019

An 1831, third (first illustrated) edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a version that not only contained a new introduction but added a new chapter to that famous work, sold for £2800 in a Norfolk sale.

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Royal Navy journals become surprise success at South Cerney auction

06 May 2019

Sent to auction by a descendant, two partly broken and disbound journals relating to the early years in the naval career of William Chimmo (1828-91) proved an unexpected success in a recent South Cerney sale.

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Golf, Goldfinger and an early 007 classic sell at Swann New York

06 May 2019

Ian Fleming firsts in a Swann of New York sale of May 14 will include a copy of Goldfinger of 1959 inscribed to a famous golfer, Henry Cotton, estimated at $12,000-18,000 (£9250- 13,850).

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Auckland auction focus on Antarctic

06 May 2019

A library focused on Antarctic exploration gave a New Zealand saleroom one of its more successful book and manuscript auctions since the company’s foundation in 2011.

British and Irish book auctions: May 8-15, 2019

06 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 8-15, 2019.

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The recipe for disaster in cookery book sold at auction

06 May 2019

Plague water is one of the more striking entries in a now worn but finely bound volume of cookery and medical recipes sold recently in London.

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Monk into the swim of things at German saleroom

06 May 2019

Bought by a German collector for €115,000 (£99,140) at an auction in Cologne, a 15th century illustrated account of 'Leben der Heiligen Altväter', or ‘Lives of the Holy Fathers’, was a great rarity.

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Ferns book makes first auction appearance

29 April 2019

Offered as a part of the natural history section of a May 14 book sale at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) is an extremely rare photobook on New Zealand ferns by Herbert Boucher Dobbie issued c.1880 – no copy of which, it seems, has previously been seen at auction.

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A good hair day in the saleroom

29 April 2019

A 1782 first of James Stewart’s 'Plocacosmos: or, the Whole Art of Hair Dressing' illustrated with 10 plates showing hairstyles was offered as part of a Forum Auctions sale.

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Gould birds volume rises high

29 April 2019

Some 150 lots of books formed part of a recent Irish auction held at Fortgranite, Baltinglass, in Co Wicklow, the home for over 200 years of the Dennis family.

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Taking a view beyond the £90,000 London panorama

29 April 2019

A very rare panorama of London that made £90,000 in a recent West Sussex sale was the Pick of the week in ATG No 2387, but many other things among the 200 lots offered in that April 5 auction caught the eye.

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Lot offers something of the night

29 April 2019

Guide to the prostitutes and brothels of London tempts bidders at Staffordshire sale.

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Works show how to stay sharp at cards

29 April 2019

Tightly bound, clean and crisp, and “about the nicest copy we have seen” was the assessment by a specialist US saleroom of the biggest winner in its auction of a single-owner gambling memorabilia collection.

Signed Oscar Wilde first edition of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' makes £19,700... but inscribed copies can make more

19 April 2019

Bid to £19,700 in a recent sale was one of 100 signed, large paper firsts of Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of Being Earnest' published by Leonard Smithers in 1899.

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First part of Hayhurst library sale is a huge 1139 lots

19 April 2019

Given that the sale ran to a huge 1139 lots, the April 2-4 dispersal in Harrogate of the first part of the library of Robert James Hayhurst may be considered to have done well in achieving a selling rate of 85% at that gathering of Elzevir and other early printed works.

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Sullivan and Sargent in caricature form

19 April 2019

George Catlin’s watercolour sketches of North American Indians, reported in ATG No 2387, were the star turns as far as original artworks were concerned at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on March 28. However, two original, signed caricatures by Max Beerbohm also brought good results.

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Tracts and pamphlets make a whole £23,500

19 April 2019

A bound volume of early works on a famous automaton chess player, featured in ATG No 2387, was not the only lot in a recent Cumbrian sale to produce a handsome return.

British and Irish book auctions: April 23-May 4, 2019

19 April 2019

British and Irish book auctions: April 16-27, 2019

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Guide to travel in the shocking age of segregation

19 April 2019

First published in 1936, The Negro Travellers’ Green Book was a once indispensable guide for African-Americans in the age of segregation.

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