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Even a sad Hobbit finds a home

16 March 2020

A copy of JRR Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' offered in a recent Surrey sale was a first-impression one of 1937, but essentially defined by its truly sad and defective condition.

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Assay office books hit the high-quality mark

10 February 2020

A remarkable collection of books from The Birmingham Assay Office Library will be offered at Forum Auctions in London on March 26.

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Rare copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s first book sells at Bonhams

27 January 2020

Published anonymously in Boston in 1828, a copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s youthful first book, 'Fanshawe', sold for $38,000 (£28,790) at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9%).

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Guilty pleas heard in Pittsburgh library theft

20 January 2020

Two men have pleaded guilty in connection with the theft of rare books and manuscripts from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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York book fair attracts record crowd

20 January 2020

‘Long and intensive build-up’ on Facebook brings in younger buyers to one-day event, writes Jeremy Carson.

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Four lots to watch at auction this week including Covent Garden linocut by Edward Bawden

13 January 2020

With estimates from £10-1800 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Warfare manual given to a prince

06 January 2020

A superb copy of Henry Hexham’s 'Principles of the Art Militarie' of 1637 was last seen at Sotheby’s in April 1919, as part of the library of the Earl of Chesterfield.

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John Gould’s ‘masterpiece’ is offered at auction in a rare complete set of 25 original parts

06 January 2020

Bid just short of the high estimate to sell at £56,000 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale was a rare complete set in 25 original parts of John Gould’s 'Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming Birds' of 1849-61.

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Taken Brack to basics

09 December 2019

The binding of a copy of 'Vocabularis rerum' of Wenceslaus Brack sold in a recent West Sussex sale was a 19th century one and now broken, but this was in its time a very popular and much reprinted work.

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Vintage Italian magic items in an American auction

09 December 2019

A selection of books relating to conjuring dating back to the 17th century is one of the features of the latest Potter & Potter Magic sale to be held on December 14 in Chicago.

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Beautiful botanical volumes

09 December 2019

Though the splendid but incomplete copy of Jakob Christoph Trew’s 'Hortus nitidissims… floribus' previewed in ATG No 2018 got close to the high estimate in selling at £85,000 as part of the opening, natural history section of a recent London sale, a number of other top lots failed to find buyers.

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Eleven early Christmas Carols stored in a garage

02 December 2019

Although Charles Dickens is often credited with creating the ‘modern’ Christmas, some of the recognition should go to John Leech.

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Potter around this book fair

25 November 2019

Work featuring the boy wizard Harry Potter is a familiar sight at the PBFA’s annual Christmas event

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ABA’s Chelsea fair hosts book buyers and browsers: photo special

07 November 2019

The ABA’s Chelsea fair is pitched at all levels of buying expertise and budgets. On the event's second day, Saturday November 2, ATG went to Chelsea Old Town Hall to record the action

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Harry Potter casts spell on bidders

04 November 2019

Code locked in a briefcase for two decades, a finely preserved, 1997 first issue of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finally released this summer after being delivered by its Lancashire owners into the hands of a Derbyshire saleroom.

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Dealer interview: Quaritch’s specialists on a moving market

28 October 2019

Venerable London rare book dealership Bernard Quaritch, established in 1847, has recently moved from Mayfair to Holborn. Here ATG talks to two members of the firm, Andrea Mazzocchi and Donovan Rees, about its new location and some wider trends in the book trade

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Nineteenth century views of Constantinople at Chiswick Auctions

28 October 2019

Pictured below is one of the 26 views, after Coke Smyth, that form a first edition copy of John Frederick Lewis’ 'Illustrations of Constantinople, Made During a Residence in that City &c., in the Years 1835-6'.

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Famous fables at Christie's sale of French family library

28 October 2019

From November 26-28 Christie’s Paris will disperse part of the family library of the Comtesse Martine de Béhague (1869-1939) and Hubert de Ganay (1888-1974).

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Chelsea book fair previews – including Arthur Conan Doyle first edition

28 October 2019

The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair is one of two major London events held annually by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.

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18th century floral frills at Sotheby’s

28 October 2019

Billed as a ‘luminescent’ copy of one of the finer of all published florilegia, a copy of Jakob Christoph Trew’s 'Hortus nitidissimus… floribus' is estimated at £70,000-90,000 at Sotheby’s on November 12.