Latest News Articles by Ian McKay
Colin Dexter's Quinn takes top spot15 July 2019
A Colin Dexter first brought one of the higher bids at Keys (20% buyer’s premium) of Aylsham in its June 13-14 sale.
Fancied fillies and fancy embroidery15 July 2019
An 1841 guide to London’s ladies of the night sold by Hansons for £3300 featured recently in ATG (No 2390), and one of the many rarities that emerged from the recent Gloucestershire sale of the late Martin Orsky’s library was a group of four 18th century broadsides advertising prostitutes.
British and Irish book auctions: July 16-27, 201915 July 2019
Our listing of British and Irish book auctions taking place from July 16-27, 2019.
Ulysses makes latest epic price15 July 2019
Stand-out lot in a recent Irish sale was one of the 100 special copies of Ulysses printed on Dutch handmade paper by Van Gelder that James Joyce signed on publication in Paris in 1922.
Emmeline Pankhurst biography by her daughter sold at Forum Auctions15 July 2019
For three years now Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) has, in addition to its high-profile auctions, been holding fortnightly, online-only timed sales that in their diverse content, it feels, act as a useful bellwether for the book world at large.
Rare and often forgotten books by little-known authors can nonetheless shine at auction08 July 2019
Two recent auctions offered a number of 18th and 19th century English novels by authors unfamiliar to many readers but who are nevertheless in demand through their rare surviving works.
Hirschfeld steps into the saleroom08 July 2019
Works produced in the 1940s by Al Hirschfeld figured prominently among the higher priced lots at a June 4 Illustration Art sale held in New York.
A to Zee guide to the maritime world08 July 2019
A complete set of the Metellus 'Speculum orbis terrae' publications that featured in ATG No 2399 was not the only lot to record a six-figure result in the June 5, King Street sale of the Mopelia collection of atlases and travel books.
Howzat? Cricket book at £640008 July 2019
Disbound, but complete and still in the original covers, an 1830 first of William North’s Correct Account of all the Cricket Matches Played by the Nottingham Old Cricket Club from 1771 to 1829 came into bat in a recent Staffordshire sale with an estimate of just £50-100, but went on to score £6400 online via thesaleroom.com.
British and Irish book auctions: July 9-19, 201908 July 2019
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 9-19, 2019.
15th century maths book merits own catalogue and sells for $1m in New York auction01 July 2019
Published in Venice in November 1494, a copy of Luca Pacioli’s 'Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proporzioni et proporzionalità…' offered in a recent US sale was granted the rare privilege in the book auction world of having a catalogue all of its own.
Metellus maps out a sale success01 July 2019
Beyond the Horizon was the title given to the remarkable Mopelia collection of atlases and travel books offered in a June 5 sale in London.
Hamburg sale is a books best01 July 2019
Running up a total of over €2m on 600 lots, a smaller number than usual, the May 27 sale held by Ketterer Kunst (23/21% buyer’s premium) in Hamburg produced the book department’s best-ever results.
Tintin meets Egyptian queen01 July 2019
A rare signed ink and gouache image in which Tintin carves a makeshift propellor to replace that damaged by a forced landing of his aeroplane in the Soviet Union sold for $900,000 (£708,660) in a June 8-9 sale of European comic artworks held in the US.
British and Irish book auctions: July 2-13, 201901 July 2019
Our listing of British and Irish book auctions taking place from July 2-13.
Origin of Species takes record result in US sale24 June 2019
Uncut and partially unopened, a truly exceptional presentation copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species… sold for a record $400,000 (£316,353) in a recent US sale.
Boar binding brings a bard connection24 June 2019
A poet and dramatist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was once considered by many to be the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.
Thumb nails Hawkings at four figures24 June 2019
Bearing a thumbprint on the title-page – along with a note by a secretary, Susan Macey, witnessing it as genuine – a 1988 UK edition of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief of History of Time… was estimated at £200-400 but sold for £3000 in a May 30 sale.
British and Irish book auctions, June 15-July 7, 201924 June 2019
ATG's listing of British and Irish book auctions held from June 15-July 7, 2019.
Single buyer reunites second Dandy and jumping frog toy24 June 2019
Pictured here is the front page of the scarce second issue of Dandy, published in January 1937, along with an even rarer example of the jumping frog toy that was given away with the comic as a promotion.