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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Trembling, rising and hurling in Irish auction

08 June 2020

Literary lots in a recent Irish sale included one of a thousand signed copies of the 1922, limited-edition issue of 'The Trembling of the Veil', one of William Butler Yeats’ autobiographical works.

British and Irish book auctions: June 9-20, 2020

08 June 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

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First editions of poetry books including collections by WB Yeats and Philip Larkin sold at Forum

08 June 2020

Bid way over estimate to sell at £1400 in a recent online sale was a 1912, Cuala Press first of WB Yeats’ 'The Green Helmet and other Poems'.

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Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book comes to auction in London

02 June 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) will be offered at auction during Christie’s Classic Week of sales.

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Dealers Online: 23 books, maps and works on paper available from dealers' websites

01 June 2020

Our selection of books, maps and works on paper available to view and buy from dealers online.

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ATG letter: Supplement demonstrates book trade coping in crisis

01 June 2020

MADAM – Congratulations on the Books, Maps & Prints 2020 supplement in last week’s ATG.

British and Irish book auctions: June 2-20, 2020

01 June 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions (online only at present because of the Covid-19 alert).

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Doing the bidding maths remotely

01 June 2020

Rare work on absolute geometry among highlights of mammoth German ‘lockdown’ sale

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Alphabet is a Birmingham bonus

01 June 2020

'The Loyalists Alphabet, an Original Effusion' was one of an additional group of 55 lots from the Birmingham Assay Office collections (see main report in ATG No 2438) that was offered as part of one of the regular online sales held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Charles Dickens books: A market always wanting more

26 May 2020

No other Victorian could equal Charles Dickens for fame, earnings and sheer popularity. And few can match him today in the collecting arena.

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Dealers Online: ATG's selection of 39 books, maps and works on paper available from dealers' websites

26 May 2020

The annual 'Rare Books London' schedule of events is cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but plenty of book dealers are still doing business.

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Sponsor’s message: We live in challenging times…

26 May 2020

Welcome to the fifth annual Books, Maps & Prints supplement produced by Antiques Trade Gazette showcasing the world of rare books and works on paper, writes Rupert Powell. It is the third to feature Forum Auctions as the primary sponsor.

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Collector Interview: Crime scene investigator

26 May 2020

Jeremy Carson’s passion for collecting a very appropriate sub-genre of crime fiction – bibliomysteries – led to a career as an antiquarian book dealer.

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Collector Interview: Take cover – Great War dust jackets

26 May 2020

Alan Hewer of Seaford, Sussex, is a book collector who has turned a personal collection into a resource for others. Interview by Jeremy Carson

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UK Auction Previews of Books, Maps and Works on Paper – including an autograph letter by Robert Burns

26 May 2020

A selection of upcoming lots of books, maps and prints from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Illustrations: Potter and Shepard’s animal magic

26 May 2020

One New York saleroom that has been notably active in the book market during the Covid restrictions is Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium). A recent sale included original illustrations for some well-known English children’s books.

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Ancient classic stars in tech-savvy catalogue

26 May 2020

Luxury edition adds rhyme and reason

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Saving the Pickwick Papers

26 May 2020

In keeping with the convention of the time, autograph leaves of serialised novels were nearly always destroyed as soon as they were set in type.

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How distancing brings us closer: booksellers produce joint catalogues in lockdown

26 May 2020

Dealers collaborate on catalogues – building on existing trends of pooling resources

British and Irish book auctions: May 26-June 7, 2020

26 May 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

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