Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Tribute to a legendary dealer

27 June 2022

The number of six-figure bids received reflects the quality of William S Reese collection

British and Irish book auctions: June 28-July 14, 2022

27 June 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

British and Irish book auctions: June 21-July 2, 2022

20 June 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Shackleton maps out his routes

20 June 2022

Dramatic rescue of 1916 was recorded visually by the polar explorer two years later

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Gravesend: three miles beyond Jamaica

20 June 2022

Bid to £4000 – 10 times low estimate – in a May 18 sale held by Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn were two albums of what were defined as grotesque-style caricature portraits.

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Truman defends atom bombing

20 June 2022

Treasures from the Melvin ‘Pete’ Mark Jnr Collection, a Heritage (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) auction in Dallas that ended on May 7, presented a remarkable range of material.

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Rare broadside bid to £2800

20 June 2022

Bid to £2800 via thesaleroom.com in a Forum Auctions (25/20/12.5% buyer’ premium) sale of May 5 was this seemingly very rare broadside published in London by James Catnach.

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Larkin leaps to five figures twice

13 June 2022

Two volumes of poetry offered in London auction were published by the Marvell Press.

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Three albums, 410 wood engravings – Gwen Raverat’s work as a personal record

13 June 2022

Three albums containing in all some 410 wood engravings by Gwen Raverat (1885-1957), compiled by the artist as a personal record of her work and sold by a descendant, made a total of £34,500 at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on May 11.

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Declaration before the declaration

13 June 2022

“Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve all Connection between Great Britain, and the American Colonies; and to declare them free and independent States…”

British and Irish book auctions, June 14-26, 2022

13 June 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Frankenstein first now in second place

06 June 2022

Just one other example of Mary Shelley’s famous tale has made more at auction

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San Frantastic views sold locally

06 June 2022

Maps and views of San Francisco were among the principal attractions of an April 21 sale held by local auction house PBA Galleries (25/20% buyer’s premium) to disperse the first portion of the Charles Fraccia Collection.

British and Irish book auctions: June 7-18, 2022

06 June 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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The progress of Bunyan’s work

30 May 2022

Copy printed in Boston in 1744 and now offered in Chicago was defective but a real rarity

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Great price for edition inscribed by F Scott Fitzgerald

30 May 2022

An inscribed copy of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 'The Great Gatsby' was the most expensive purchase in a held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium).

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‘Shuttlecock’ was a hit for children’s literature printer

30 May 2022

A children’s book estimated at £20-40 in a May 14 sale held by Pippa Deeley (15% buyer’s premium) in Bodiam, East Sussex, was sold instead at £2200.

British and Irish book auctions: May 31-June 18, 2022

30 May 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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‘With the love of Mark Twain’

23 May 2022

Work sold in Cambridge is thought to reflect US author's friendship with Scottish physician and essayist

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Dickens work inscribed for Carlyle

23 May 2022

More than 60 Dickens lots appeared in an April 26 sale of the library of Jeremy and Penny Martin, several of them bearing presentation inscriptions.