Books and Works on Paper


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Daily life and world history in one

15 March 2021

A magnificent copy of Liber chronicarum, or ‘Nuremburg Chronicle’ as it is more familiarly known, made a record $350,000 (£265,150) at Bonhams New York.

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Sale explores early America

15 March 2021

Published in Paris, a 1613 first edition of a pioneering American exploration work sold for $160,000 (£114,285) in Philadelphia.

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New York buyers curious about Dickens

15 March 2021

Almost a hundred lots in a New York sale came from the extensive Dickens collections assembled over four decades by Martin Nason.

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Huge baths picture makes a big splash

15 March 2021

At nearly 7ft high, a fine example of a four-sheet coloured lithograph of the Sutro Baths sold for $10,000 (£7355).

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British musical Leppard spotted in Indiana

15 March 2021

Though a Bösendorfer grand piano topped bidding at $42,500 (£31,250) in a January 16 sale, the main attractions for many came from a different source.

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Books and works on paper: Grimm and wonderful buys

15 March 2021

Famous brothers’ fairy tales take top spot in an exceptional selection of children’s works.

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Medical pioneer’s library sold at Bonhams New York

15 March 2021

Offered at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a first selection from the medical library of James Tate Goodrich (1946-2020).

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Vagabonds tramp to Chicago

15 March 2021

Sold at a rather higher than expected $1900 (£1440) by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) of Chicago was a lot offering not one, but two early copies of Rafaele Frianoro’s Il Vagabondo overo Sferza de Bianti, e Vagabondi.

British and Irish book auctions: March 16-30, 2021

15 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book sales.

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In praise of American independence

15 March 2021

In Praise of America was a very mixed sale of furniture, silver, folk art, prints, broadsides and more held in New York.

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Sporting art touches down in saleroom

15 March 2021

Sporting subjects were very much in evidence and definitely among the best-sellers in an illustration art sale held in New York.

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Thomas Hardy under review

08 March 2021

One 1870s Thomas Hardy work that was hated by the Spectator magazine critic, the other hailed

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First edition of Philip Marlowe's debut book offered in Chicago

08 March 2021

This first edition, first printing of Raymond Chandler’s 'The Big Sleep' is the book that introduced detective Philip Marlowe.

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From my good friend Baden-Powell

08 March 2021

Contained in an old buckram folder, a collection of scouting ephemera proved a highlight of a sale of books and ephemera held in Chichester.

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Heroic price at 10 times top estimate

08 March 2021

Given a modest estimate of £100-150 in a January 3 sale at Oxfordshire auction house Jones & Jacob (18% buyer’s premium), an edition of Hero & Leander published in 1949 by Christopher Sandford sold instead at £1500.

British and Irish book auctions: March 9-24, 2021

08 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Works that fit the double bill

01 March 2021

Bumper selection of lots offered in Gloucestershire auction house Dominic Winter provides wide-ranging array

British and Irish book auctions: March 2-20, 2021

01 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Winnie The Pooh set signed by ‘Christopher Robin’ emerges in San Francisco

01 March 2021

A 50th anniversary edition of the much-loved AA Milne and EH Shepard books, a boxed set published in the appropriate years of 1974-78, is shown below.

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‘Bible that Charles I carried to the block’

22 February 2021

Bible sold for £160,000 at auction is reputed to be that taken by Charles I to his execution in 1649

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