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Slave trader who repented his sins tells his own story

12 February 2024

John Newton (1725-1807) is today perhaps best remembered as the writer of the hymn Amazing Grace. However, before his religious conversion he spent his early life as a slave trader.

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Keeping the dust jacket was definitely not a dumb move

22 January 2024

An original dust jacket made all the difference when Weiss Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) offered a first edition copy of Agatha Christie’s Dumb Witness in Lynbrook, New York.

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Massive Churchill collection including his desk, unpublished letters and inscribed books star in offering of London dealer

19 January 2024

A collection devoted to the life and work of Winston Churchill is among the standout items at The Winter Show in New York, which opens today.

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On the hunt for book linking Collins and Dickens

15 January 2024

The Charles Dickens Museum in London and the Wilkie Collins Society are hoping to track down a missing book last recorded as sold at auction to book dealer Bernard Quaritch more than 130 years ago.

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Extensive furniture book library on display in Leeds

12 January 2024

A major collection of books on furniture from the late dealer John Bedford are on display as part of a new exhibition at the University of Leeds.

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Virginia as the garden of Eden

08 January 2024

In 1585 English colonists Thomas Hariot and John White recorded their first impressions of life on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina.

ATG letter: Note of caution on Watts sale

02 January 2024

The report in ATG No 2615 that some copies of the Agatha Christie titles in the Charlie Watts sale at Christie’s were sold with dust jackets supplied from other copies raises some concerns.

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Forster’s letters and books to the policeman he loved

02 January 2024

Letters and books marking the deep relationship between author EM Forster and policeman Bob Buckingham and his family sold for £9000.

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Turing and Bayley in tandem as scientific archive comes to the saleroom

18 December 2023

Newly discovered papers show how renowned mathematician and his collaborator worked hand in hand

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Boy wizard Harry Potter casts his spell on book collectors

12 December 2023

Harry Potter continues to bring big bids at auction especially for the earliest hardback editions

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Discover the story of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition

11 December 2023

Few people can profess to know more about the 1910-12 Japanese Antarctic Expedition than the Arizona book dealer Chet Ross.

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Eye-witness account of Captain Cook’s death

11 December 2023

Held by the same private New England family since 1792, a copy of 'A Journal of Captain Cook’s Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean' complete with its map came for sale at Bonhams Skinner (28/26/20% buyer’s premium).

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Pelerin’s source of enlightenment

11 December 2023

Astronomical manuscript for sale includes illustrations by scientist who was in fact an insurance broker

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Jade catalogue owned by the last tsar

04 December 2023

Among the many highlights of the Alan and Simone Hartman collection at Bonhams New York is a copy of the monumental catalogue of the famed Bishop collection of Chinese jades. The deluxe volume, once owned by the last tsar of Russia, carries expectations of $100,000-150,000 as part of the 114-lot dispersal on December 14.

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Dodgson photograph of Xie snapped up in the saleroom

13 November 2023

A photograph by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98) - aka Lewis Carroll - was among the highlights of Hindman’s (26/20/15% buyer’s premium) October 19 sale of Photographs from the Joe Baio Collection.

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Art and antiques dealers gear up for a busy festive period

13 November 2023

ATG takes a look at some of the many dealer exhibitions being staged in the run-up to Christmas

Robert Recorde’s The Castle of Knowledge

Pioneering English astronomy book takes five-figure sum at Hansons auction

06 November 2023

A 1556 first edition copy of Welshman Robert Recorde’s The Castle of Knowledge was estimated at £5000-10,000 and made £12,600 including buyer’s premium at Hansons’ November 1 Library auction.

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John Gould second edition served as fresh helping

30 October 2023

Follow-up edition of a classic avian work was more or less a new publication thanks to extra research

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Charlie Watts sale drums up top bids for super first editions

23 October 2023

Agatha Christie and Evelyn Waugh records beaten as collection of a Rolling Stone comes to auction

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‘Long live York’ is the books cry

09 October 2023

Increased private buying plus overseas trade purchases boost the huge annual extravaganza of the York National Book Fair.