Books & Periodicals

Material in this specialist market ranges from the early printed works of the Gutenberg Press and William Caxton right through to Modern First Editions and now up to signed copies of Harry Potter. Condition and rarity are the keys to this sector.


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Pick of the week: Rev Gilpin champions the Romantic ideal

30 November 2020

The artist, cleric, schoolmaster and author William Gilpin (1724-1804) is best known as a champion of the Romantic idea of the picturesque.

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Debut with lots of Biblical proportions

30 November 2020

A single leaf from a Gutenberg Bible that sold for a higher than expected $65,000 (£50,980) in a Philadelphia sale this autumn.

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Wallis cracks it in the saleroom

30 November 2020

Unpublished work by mathematician John Wallis who was also a major influence in code breaking sells at Dominic Winter

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The web shop window: ‘Princes’ edition’ of epic poem symbolising Holy Roman Emperor

30 November 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Sang collection of historical documents returns to Sotheby's New York

30 November 2020

Several decades on from the last of the five major auctions Sotheby’s held to disperse items from the remarkable collections of American historical documents and letters formed by Philip (1902-75) and Elsie Sang (1906-97), a further selection appeared at Sotheby’s New York (26/20/13.9%).

British and Irish book auctions: December 2-12, 2020

30 November 2020

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Plea to help find missing Darwin notebooks

24 November 2020

Cambridge University Library has launched a public appeal for help to locate two missing notebooks from its archive – including one with Charles Darwin’s famous 1837 ‘Tree of Life’ sketch.

Pioneering Arabic printing and a kind of magic in Edinburgh sale

23 November 2020

Edinburgh auction offered 1592 book from first European press dedicated to such a typeface.

America’s undeclared war with France

23 November 2020

Estimated at just $5000 or so but sold at $110,000 (£85,270) in an October 2-3 sale at Brunk Auctions (23% buyer’s premium) in Asheville, North Carolina, was an extensive archive of documents and letters relating to the career of Captain James N Sever.

British and Irish book auctions: November 24-December 5, 2020

23 November 2020

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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How Poe’s $3 became $60,000

23 November 2020

Two very different manuscript lots provided the high spots of a sale in Westport, Connecticut

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Bobby meets his ‘Boswell’

23 November 2020

Top lot in a golfing sale at PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium) was a 1927 first of Down the Fairway: The Golf Life and Play of Robert T Jones, Jr.

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Buyer brings home the bison

23 November 2020

Three of the lots noted here from a Chicago sale of books, manuscripts, pictures and prints sold at record sums – and the fourth brought a price that has only once been bettered.

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Prince Philip letter stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

20 November 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a letter from Prince Philip where the Duke of Edinburgh gives his views about New Zealand.

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Pick of the week: Window into 18th century gentry life

16 November 2020

An item of local interest to bidders at Bamfords in Derby was this 18th century account book for Radbourne Hall, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family.

British and Irish book auctions: November 17-December 3, 2020

16 November 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Paper view: 30 previews of books, prints, posters, ephemera and documents available at dealers and auctions

16 November 2020

The term ‘works on paper’ encompasses a diverse range of media from artist’s prints to posters, ephemera and documents. Pictured here, along with an array of books, is a section of items available to buy from dealers or bid for at auction.

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Leaves and butterflies make a natural fit in US saleroom

16 November 2020

With only eight of the 178 lots offered left on the shelves at the day’s end and a top lot in the six-figure bracket, a Doyle (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) online auction was certainly a success.

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Bristol auction includes a lot of local interest

16 November 2020

Offered as part of a sale held in Bristol were two copies of 'The Merchants Avizo….', a work by a local man, John Browne.

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Works hailing from across the Atlantic shine in Chicago

16 November 2020

Chaucer and Shakespeare, Darwin and Tolkien were among the big-name and more expensive lots sold as part of the Gerald and Barbara Weiner library at Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Chicago.

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