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Gravesend: three miles beyond Jamaica

20 June 2022

Bid to £4000 – 10 times low estimate – in a May 18 sale held by Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn were two albums of what were defined as grotesque-style caricature portraits.

William Shakespeare’s First Folio

Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio comes to New York auction

14 June 2022

An original copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, printed 400 years ago, will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York on July 7 with an estimate of $1.5m-2.5m (£1.2m-2m).

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Larkin leaps to five figures twice

13 June 2022

Two volumes of poetry offered in London auction were published by the Marvell Press.

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Frankenstein first now in second place

06 June 2022

Just one other example of Mary Shelley’s famous tale has made more at auction

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Great price for edition inscribed by F Scott Fitzgerald

30 May 2022

An inscribed copy of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 'The Great Gatsby' was the most expensive purchase in a held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium).

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‘Shuttlecock’ was a hit for children’s literature printer

30 May 2022

A children’s book estimated at £20-40 in a May 14 sale held by Pippa Deeley (15% buyer’s premium) in Bodiam, East Sussex, was sold instead at £2200.

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International hammer highlights: Manuscript strikes gold in New York

16 May 2022

Alchemical work is best-seller as Vishniac lots create a valuable mix in the saleroom

Chicago saleroom hits an all-time high for results

16 May 2022

In what was the auction house’s most successful sale ever in financial terms, and one that boasted a 97% selling rate, a March 4 sale at Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) was led at $65,000 (£49,240) by a 'Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen’s Captivity from the Time of his Being Taken by the British, near Montreal… in 1775, to the Time of his Exchange…in May 1778'.

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Fluttering around in Surinam

16 May 2022

Though it is the pineapple that is most prominent, it is the assortment of creatures that flutter around, climb or emerge from its leaves that are the principal attraction of this coloured plate, below.

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Collecting classics: The market for books on political thought from Leviathan to Animal Farm

16 May 2022

If social media makes you feel like Big Brother is watching you, and if truth occasionally feels stranger than fiction, then like many bibliophiles you might be exploring books that suggest models for society and the role of the individual.

Books

PBFA looks for new London fair manager

25 April 2022

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is searching for a new fair manager for its London Antiquarian Book Fair.

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Books and works on paper: Mitchell estate opens Forum sale

25 April 2022

Extensive group of lots from well-known book dealer and his wife led London auction

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Traveller finds a new angle at auction

25 April 2022

Bearing a very modest estimate of just £20-30, this copy of The Angler in Ireland: or An Englishman’s Ramble through Connaught and Munster, during the Summer of 1833 was bid to £700 in a March 12 sale held by Rowley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Ely.

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Kensington mapped out and Le Carré in a designer jacket

11 April 2022

Bid to £2800 in a recent Norfolk sale was a detailed and now rare Map of the Parish of St Mary Abbotts, Kensington… dating from 1879.

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Potter: battered and pristine

04 April 2022

Harry Potter just keeps on doing well at auction, and Hansons (25% buyer’s premium), which has enjoyed a particularly close and profitable relationship with JK Rowling’s creation over the years, had more to offer in a March 9 sale.

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Wilde and Joyce bring taste of Ireland

28 March 2022

Potter & Potter’s Fine Literature & Modern Firsts Sale on April 26 in Chicago includes a copy of Oscar Wilde’s (1854-1900) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

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First burst of feminist thinking

14 March 2022

Anonymous complete edition from 1696-97 is now recognised as the work of Mary Astell

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Golden oldies at Cumbria auction

14 March 2022

Formed by a local man, the late Brian Ferguson, a collection of over 40 books issued by the Golden Cockerel Press featured in an auction held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle.

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Take me to the Rivière bindings

21 February 2022

Aubrey Beardsley and John Batten add the illustrative attractions in North Yorks sale

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Sermons and rabbiting on

21 February 2022

Two very different lots from a Sussex sale are noted here: a German manuscript of Lenten sermons and the tale of a toy rabbit.