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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It’s a Harry Potter shocker at Heritage

24 January 2022

Bidding on an exceptionally fine, virtually mint first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone offered in the special Firsts into Film section of a December 9-10 sale opened at $75,000.

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Pickwick parts add up to £40,000

24 January 2022

Superb set of the Dickens classic was painstakingly assembled as originally issued

 The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom

Pick of the week: Whisky travelogue in demand at auction

17 January 2022

In the early 1880s Alfred Barnard, secretary of Harper’s Weekly Gazette (the magazine that morphed into today’s Harpers Wine & Spirit), decided to visit all distilleries in Scotland, England and Ireland.

British and Irish book auctions: January 18-31, 2022

17 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Story told of fables over the ages

17 January 2022

Original French text, translated by Caxton, then illustrated by 1930s engravings

Books and works on paper auction calendar, January 11-31, 2022

10 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Hooke passes sale examination

10 January 2022

Copy of ‘most influential work in the history of microscopy’ surfaces in Chicago saleroom.

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Worlds of difference in a saleroom

10 January 2022

Two very different lots from a November 10 sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) are noted here.

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Remembering Eric Hosking

10 January 2022

The undoubted star of the November 24 sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) was the early 15th century folding almanac, or girdle book, that took £95,000.

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On the trail of the Baskervilles hound

03 January 2022

Single page was used as a promotion for this classic Conan Doyle work.

Jobs letter is only one in his hand

03 January 2022

A single-page letter sent on the day before Steve Jobs’ 19th birthday to a close school friend, Tim Brown, sold for $400,000 (£292,825) in New York.

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Fundraising keeps Honresfield Library intact

03 January 2022

Successful £15.3m campaign secures British literature treasures including Brontë family manuscripts.

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The Wright map that plots a route to £365,000

20 December 2021

A copy of Richard Hakluyt’s 'The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation' takes a six-figure sum at Devon sale.

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Kepler masterpiece leads New York auction boasting a string a of six-figure results

20 December 2021

A Christie’s New York (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) online timed sale achieved six-figure bids for no fewer than eight lots and very high prices for a great many others while running up an impressive and premium-inclusive total of close on $4.75m (£3.45m).

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Hindu legends and real life

20 December 2021

Modestly estimated at $3000-5000, a richly illustrated manuscript that presents in two finely bound folio volumes a pictorial record of the ‘Costumes et Plantes de L’Hindoustan’ made $80,000 (£58,395) in a New York auction.

British and Irish book auctions: December 21, 2021-January 27, 2022

20 December 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

First Commonplace Book

Historic library connected to Brontë family saved for the nation in £15.3m purchase with help from Britain’s richest man

18 December 2021

The Honresfield Library of British Literature, containing more than 500 manuscripts, first editions and letters including works by the Brontë family, Robert Burns and Walter Scott, has been purchased by the Friends of the National Libraries for £15.3m.

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Head of Joaquin and Jack’s three fingers

13 December 2021

A live online October 28 sale held by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) attracted a much higher than expected bid for this small and rather browned poster promising that, for one day only, visitors to The ‘Stockton House’ could view not only the preserved head of the renowned bandit Joaquin, but ‘the hand of Three Fingered Jack!’

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Third slice of Foxe Pointe Manor library up for auction

13 December 2021

A third selection of 16th and 17th century English books from Fox Pointe Manor was offered by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on October 21.

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Shakespeare third folio takes £70,000

13 December 2021

Edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1663 heads varied selection in Cambridge.

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