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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.

 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.

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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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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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Bidders spellbound in the US

06 December 2021

Single-owner collections offer magical selections days apart in two salerooms

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Bound for a church career

29 November 2021

Painted with an image of an urn to the front cover of its vellucent binding and with a view of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire to the rear, the Book of Common Prayer & Book of Psalmes shown below was printed in 1774 by T Wright & W Gill for the University of Oxford.

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Copies of Rosellini’s exceptional work on ancient Egypt emerges in Irish sale

29 November 2021

An exceptional, expanded and specially cased example of Ippolito Rosellini’s 'I Monumenti dell Egitto e della Nubia' of 1832-34 topped the bidding in a Fonsie Mealy (20% buyer’s premium) sale of the library from Howth Castle.

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Cure for a ‘Hectick ffeavour’

29 November 2021

Two very different lots shared the highest bid honours in a September 30 sale held in Norfolk. A manuscript recipe book dating from the late 17th/early 18th century onwards was, as such, accomplished in several different hands.

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Dowland’s composition for the lute proves key at Sotheby's

08 November 2021

Relating to perhaps the most famous of all compositions for the lute, a version of John Dowland’s 'Lachrimae pavane' proved a major attraction in a music sale held by Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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The sevenpenny Churchill work

01 November 2021

Copies of the 1900, first edition of Winston Churchill’s novel Savrola have made as much as £3500 at auction.

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Down Under cookery comes up trumps in Oz saleroom

01 November 2021

A couple of surprise results emerged in a sale held in Armadale, Victoria, by Australian Book Auctions (19.8% buyer’s premium).

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ATG letter: Don’t forget the more general buyers at fairs

01 November 2021

I understand that the Battersea antiques fair had to be ticketed this time to recoup monies lost to previous cancellations.

William Shakespeare’s Third Folio

Rare copy of William Shakespeare’s Third Folio stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

29 October 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a copy of William Shakespeare’s Third Folio that more than tripled its estimate.

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Tolkien signature discovery boosts Hobbit value

18 October 2021

It was when the book was in the process of being catalogued by Bretells (19% buyer’s premium) of Newport, Shropshire, that a second impression copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit was seen to bear the author’s signature.

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Pullman’s first haunt

18 October 2021

Bid to £2400, a signed and inscribed copy of Philip Pullman’s nowadays scarce first novel, The Haunted Storm of 1971, was an unexpectedly successful lot in an online modern literature auction held by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on August 5.

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'Lovely' copy of George Eliot’s masterpiece

11 October 2021

The timed online sale of Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana that closes at Christie’s New York on October 15 includes books from the estate of Theodore Cohn, a professor of political science.

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Rare third edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol emerges

11 October 2021

The third edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was the last of those published in 1843, coming out (appropriately) on Christmas Eve.

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Asian art dealer previews: Best practice

11 October 2021

One of Persian scholar Imam Ghazali’s (1058-1111AD) best-known works, Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat (The Alchemy of Happiness), was compiled late in his lifetime during a period of unrest between Sufi mystics and Islamic scholars – the former accused of overphilosophising Islam and neglecting the importance of ritual practices.

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First things first for horror and fantasy

11 October 2021

The Gary Munson collection of horror and fantasy books will be offered by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on October 14.

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Ghastly tales, joyful vendors

04 October 2021

Remarkably well-preserved 1818 Frankenstein and 1897 Dracula firsts impress in New York