Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Scarce ‘Gentleman’s Recreation’ guide from 1704 is one of several curiosities sold at Hansons

20 May 2019

Discoloured, stained and in a crudely restored old binding, a scarce hunting work of 1704 was sold for a much higher than expected £1400 at a recent Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Simple Houdini poster does the trick at auction

20 May 2019

One of the more successful acts in a recent American magic and conjuring sale involved the appearance among the literary contributions of a doubly inscribed copy of Harry Kellar’s 'A Magician’s Tour' of 1886.

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Printed edition of Islamic medical text is healthy seller

20 May 2019

Billed as the first printed edition of the most authoritative medical text in the Islamic world, a 1593 copy of a work known in the English-speaking world as Avicenna’s ‘Canon of Medicine’ was part of a recent London sale.

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Bids under the microscope at Flints auction in Reading

20 May 2019

A sale of photographica and scientific instruments held at Reading’s Madejski Stadium included a rare work in the history of the microscope.

British and Irish book auctions: May 21-June 2, 2019

20 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 21-June 2, 2019.

British and Irish book auctions: May 14-25, 2019

13 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 14-25, 2019.

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Pioneering 16th century French work dances its way to a five-figure auction result

13 May 2019

Pitched at £15,000-25,000, a rare 16th century French work made its lower estimate at Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium).

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Le Corbusier designs a tour de force

13 May 2019

The pictorial spread and designer binding shown here feature in a work by the celebrated French-Swiss architect and designer, Le Corbusier.

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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.