Latest News Articles by Ian McKay
British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 202014 September 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.
Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's14 September 2020
Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance
First edition of Thomas Malthus’ essay on population and first Ethiopian edition of the New Testament leads German auction14 September 2020
Always likely to produce one of the sale’s best results, a 1798 first of Thomas Malthus’ 'Essay on the Principle of Population' duly led the bidding in a recent German sale.
Copy of Proclamation of the Irish Republic takes €190,000 at Whyte’s14 September 2020
In 1916 around 500 copies of the historic ‘Proclamation of the Irish Republic’ were printed, of which today just 30 or so survivors are recorded.
Snail Syrup for anyone?07 September 2020
Bid to €10,000 (£9100) in a timed online sale at Fonsie Mealy (25/20% buyers premium) this summer was a two-volume collection of medical and other receipts compiled by Mrs Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826).
Another Edison light bulb moment07 September 2020
Appropriately enough, the very first lot offered in a sale called Eureka! was one that focused on scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, was an autograph manuscript of seven pages of annotated design drawings by Thomas Edison relating to his work on light bulbs.
British and Irish book auctions: September 8-19, 202007 September 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 8-19, 2020.
Cosmographica print pioneer07 September 2020
Manuscript was brought to Italy from Constantinople and later printed in Vicenza
First auction appearance for work by missionary who opened up Chinese language31 August 2020
Robert Morrison, a protestant missionary, pioneer sinologist and author of several works on the Chinese language as well as a translator, has been called the ‘Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature’.
Newton with musical support31 August 2020
Mathematical work makes £300,000 in auction where composers also feature heavily
British and Irish book auctions: September 1-16, 202031 August 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 1-16, 2020.
Rich variety of printed material sold in Cornwall auction31 August 2020
Extensively interleaved with scholarly notes and running to over 700pp, a Japanese and English Dictionary compiled by JC Hepburn was a notable rarity in a Cornish summer sale.
Scottish play opens in NY24 August 2020
Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.
Comic effect24 August 2020
The two ink drawings reproduced here both made substantial sums in a June 27 sale of comic strip artwork held in Paris by Artcurial.
British and Irish book auctions, August 25-September 12, 202024 August 2020
Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.
Through the Glasgow looking glass24 August 2020
Featured in Previews, ATG No 2449, was an amusing illustration of the Vacuum Tube, a proposed new means of mass transport from the pages of the Glasgow Looking Glass, a publication that has come to be widely regarded as the world’s first comic.
Golden oldies: abbey archive and penitential work for preachers24 August 2020
Sold at £140,000 in the first of two early manuscript sales held by Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on July 8 was a lot featured in the front page story in ATG No 2447.
Thomson takes pride24 August 2020
Firsts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have made as much as £115,000* at auction.
Kelmscott Press copy tempts bidders at Hindman17 August 2020
A number of higher-priced lots featured in a sale held by Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Chicago this summer, where fine binding was very much in evidence on both individual volumes and sets.
Signed Oscar Wilde work is among literary highlights of a mixed auction17 August 2020
Spread over two days and running to 600 lots, a very mixed sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) included Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of being Earnest' as one of the literary high spots.