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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Barrett Browning sale bonanza as family collection comes to auction

15 April 2024

Varied group of items related to the poet appeared for sale in Somerset

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Highest price paid for not doing your duty

15 April 2024

Dating from March 1-October 13, 1748, a journal for sale at London maritime specialist Charles Miller’s auction on April 23 was written by Admiral John Byng (1704-57) during the final negotiations of the failed Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and some eight years before his infamous actions off the coast of Minorca.

British and Irish book auctions, April 17-May 8, 2024

15 April 2024

Our regular listing of books and works on paper sales

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More from the Bobins collection: Danube danger overcome by the intrepid Ludwig

15 April 2024

Leading Forum’s (30/24/14.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) March 27 auction of more books from the remarkable library of Norman Bobins was a complete copy of a German work following the course of the Danube from its source to the Black Sea.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, April 10-29, 2024

08 April 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish books and works on paper auctions

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Original comic artwork in demand

08 April 2024

“Our selection of Charley’s War artwork continues to attract new winning bidders”, says Malcolm Phillips.

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Ephemera provides treasure trove for a private press fan

08 April 2024

Archive offers glimpse into the golden age of small-scale publishing when tiny print runs were the norm

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Booksellers team up at New York fair to sell major collection chronicling the first Europeans in America

05 April 2024

Four dealers are behind the sale of the R David Parsons collection at the New York book fair

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Mersey Beat newspapers sold at auction unveil an up and coming band - the Beatles

02 April 2024

By the start of 1962 the Beatles were on the cusp of stardom but challenges remained.

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Chronicle of a Canadian way of life soon to disappear

01 April 2024

Irish-born William W Armstrong (1822-1914) emigrated to Canada in 1851 and initially found success as a civil engineer on the early railways and pioneering photography for industrial purposes.

Books and works on paper calendar, April 3-20, 2024

01 April 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish books and works on paper auctions

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Thanks for keeping my Scottish regalia safe, Charles

01 April 2024

This letter signed by Charles II was written in September 1660, mere months after the restoration of the monarchy.

British and Irish book auctions, March 26 to April 16, 2024

25 March 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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BAFTA awards accepted for American fair

25 March 2024

Norfolk dealer Voewood Rare Books will offer two prototype BAFTA awards at a US book fair where the UK is well represented this year.

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Record-breaking medical book returns home

25 March 2024

Second edition of Vesalius landmark anatomical work sets a new high as part of science and medicine library

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Charles Darwin presentation copy of On the Origin of Species is among five lots to watch

18 March 2024

With estimates from £800, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Lincolnshire auction house tunes in to local celebrity Claribel

18 March 2024

Memorabilia relating to the Victorian songwriter ‘Claribel’ returned home from Malta to be auctioned in Lincolnshire and were bought by the local museum.

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Watch counted as thanks to magazine editor Dickens

18 March 2024

A trio of lots relating to Charles Dickens offered at Chichester saleroom Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) included a presentation pocket watch.

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Travel tales by Emily Eden told in art and words

18 March 2024

Sketches and journal by Emily Eden relate to her life in the UK then journey to the subcontinent

British and Irish book auctions, March 19 to April 11, 2024

18 March 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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