Brontë works hit saleroom heights

22 May 2023

Works by the three sisters including copies published under pseudonyms come to a Cambridge auction


Austen’s pride in her work

22 May 2023

Two of Jane Austen’s works, both from the same Wyoming collector’s estate, were stand-out lots in a May 11 sale held in Chicago.


Washington signature thrills in Philadelphia auction

22 May 2023

One of the more remarkable results of recent weeks came in a May 3 sale at Freeman’s (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia.

The Codex Sassoon

Auction record for any book as Hebrew bible takes $38.1m at Sotheby’s

18 May 2023

Setting an auction record for any book, manuscript or item of Judaica, a work billed as the ‘earliest and most complete Hebrew bible’ in existence sold for $33.5m (£26.6m) at Sotheby’s New York.


Colourful jacket of distinctive type boosts du Maurier Rebecca

15 May 2023

Four-figure first edition du Maurier book comes in the trademark Gollancz design without pictures


Dickens brings expectations of up to $12,000

15 May 2023

Potter & Potter’s second books auction of the year includes Charles Dickens’ (1812-70) Great Expectations estimated at $8000-12,000.


Reeled in at Doyle auction

08 May 2023

Edward Donovan’s 'The Natural History of British Fishes', a 19th century colour plate-illustrated British ichthyological work, featured in the Sporting & Travel Books sale held by Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) in New York earlier this year.


Bloomsbury Book Fair springs forward

08 May 2023

A copy of Johann Kraft’s 'Pomona Austriaca' (Fruit Trees of Austria) featuring both the French and German texts as well as 100 hand-coloured plates is on offer at this spring’s Bloomsbury Book Fair Spring Event.


Waugh, witch and Wheatley

08 May 2023

West Sussex sale highlights – including a work detailing author’s obsession with bricklaying as a hobby


Bookplate boosts Sackville-West debut novel result

08 May 2023

The best-selling lot in a recent Carlisle auction was a 1919, Collins first of Heritage, the debut novel of Vita Sackville-West, who at that time was better known for her poetry.


The polar market explored

08 May 2023

Now hugely popular, this collecting field actually took many years to get going


Famed fables on offer

08 May 2023

An early 16th century illustrated edition Aesop was the highlight of an auction of books held by Giquello & Associes (25/20.5/17% buyer’s premium) in Paris on April 14.


Chase over for first hunting book to be illustrated with photographs

08 May 2023

A library of works relating to hunting, horseriding and dogs assembled over a 40-year period by a hunting historian, the Comte d’Orglandes, went under the hammer on April 12 at Deloys (22% buyer’s premium inc tax) in Angers, part of the Ivoire group.


All the ingredients of a useful guide

08 May 2023

François Pierre de la Varenne (1618-78) is the chef credited with bringing French cuisine into the modern era.


‘It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication’

08 May 2023

The Negro Motorist Green Book, first produced in 1936, was the indispensable guide for African-American families travelling.


No escaping Houdini’s research

08 May 2023

'A Magician Among the Spirits' by Harry Houdini conjured up one of the highest prices in the Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) Houdini-related sale in Chicago on April 8 when it sold for $15,000 (£12,095).


Big price for miniature work at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr

08 May 2023

The first 90 or so lots in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of Islamic and Indian Art held in Paris on April 6 were the property of a Royal collection.


Spotlight on the Tomkinson collection

01 May 2023

This special edition of A Japanese Collection (1898) by Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921) is one of the first 25 copies printed on Indian paper and is signed and dedicated by the author to his daughter Dora.


Surely you know Albert Smith?

17 April 2023

Forgotten today, a collection sold in Somerset remembers a multi-talented showman and author

Roman Missal prayer book

Rediscovered prayer book of ‘Charles II’s priest’ sells at Liverpool auction

10 April 2023

A prayer book once owned by a priest who helped Charles II hide after defeat at the Battle of Worcester, and later heard his death-bed confession, has sold at auction to a national heritage organisation.