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Original Harry Potter artwork takes a magical $1.6m result

08 July 2024

The original artwork for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' sold at Sotheby’s for $1.6m (£1.3m) plus 20% buyer’s premium in New York on June 26.

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Camus classic written in poverty takes six-figure sum

01 July 2024

In a private collection since it was last sold in 1991, one of only two known autograph manuscripts by author and journalist Albert Camus of his masterpiece L’Etranger was sold by Tajan (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Paris on June 5.

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Two first edition Casino Royales cash in at auction - but condition is key

25 June 2024

A 1953 first edition, first impression copy of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royale in its original dust jacket, bought at a car boot sale for £1, has sold for £10,000 hammer.

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Embroidered bindings boost book results

24 June 2024

Most Tudor and Stuart embroidered bindings that have survived from the 16th and 17th century cover Bibles, prayerbooks, and other devotional texts.

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Meteorites archive soars over estimate at Carlisle auction

17 June 2024

Thomson Roddick Callan of Carlisle held a 270-lot sale of Antiquarian & Collectable Books and Related Items on June 6.

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Car boot find: Casino Royale first edition bought for £1 now pitched at five-figure sum

11 June 2024

Bought at a car boot sale for the princely sum of £1, a 1953 first edition, first impression copy of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel 'Casino Royale', in its original dust jacket, is coming to auction with a guide of £10,000-15,000.

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Harper Lee classic comes with a Christmas card from the author

10 June 2024

Not only is this 1960 first edition of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' inscribed by Harper Lee to her friend Harold Caufield, but it was sold with a Christmas card from the author penned with a lengthy message.

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Beautifully bound bible among stand-out sales at Firsts

10 June 2024

An 18th century folio bible in mosaic binding was among the notable sales at the recent Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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New book commemorates D-Day landings in 80 objects

03 June 2024

'D-Day in 80 Objects' tells the story of the famous operation through objects selected by museums in the UK and US

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A story of grape expectations in 17th century England

03 June 2024

Seventeenth century guide to growing vines in England was published just before the Great Fire of London

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Book by man who conquered the Matterhorn peaks at £4000 level

27 May 2024

Victorian mountaineering book annotated by the author climbs to 20 times the top estimate

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Eye on the needle for Firsts fair

20 May 2024

A book elaborately illustrated with needle-work samples and commemorating Queen Victoria’s first trip to Ireland as monarch was one of the standout sales as 'Firsts London’s Rare Book Fair' opened.

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London’s ‘curious gardens’ inspired German botanist

20 May 2024

Published between 1750-73, Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini in hortis curiosorum (‘A selection of plants from natural specimens nurtured in London’s curious gardens’) is considered the most important botanical work ever printed in Germany.

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Seven up for complete set of famous Sowerby work

20 May 2024

The Science, Medicine & Early Technology auction at Flints (25% buyer’s premium) in Thatcham, Berkshire on May 1 was led by a complete seven-volume set of The Mineral Conchology of Great Britain by James Sowerby (1757-1822).

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Cryptography book creates a Shakespearean drama

20 May 2024

Cryptoryptomentyces et Cryptographiae has been described as ‘arguably the most complete tome on esoteric cryptography ever published’, an esoteric claim to fame in itself.

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Bake to basics approach to bread making

20 May 2024

Owen Simmons was a bit of a bread fan, it is fair to say. A lecturer at the National Bakery School in London, he produced the lavish book shown here.

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The words of God with a silver lining: miniature silver psalter comes to London book fair

13 May 2024

This miniature 17th century psalter in a contemporary pierced and engraved openwork silver binding is priced at £15,000 by Bernard Quaritch at Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Pick of the week: Gillray in his own time and place

13 May 2024

Remarkably, although a very successful and popular artist, no accounts of the work of the Georgian caricaturist James Gillray (1756-1815) were published in England during his lifetime.

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Second editions: Worth having second thoughts

13 May 2024

First editions are not always the be-all and end-all for collecting

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For poetical and practical purpose

13 May 2024

Ladies and gentlemen of the Georgian period carried not only prayer books and bibles, but also books of poems and the annual miniature almanacs containing practical information on everything from the phases of the moon to the currency exchange rates of Europe.