Tikkunei Shabbat

Big bidding for a small prayer book: Hebrew manuscript takes five times estimate

11 September 2023

An 18th century copy of Tikkunei Shabbat (an amalgam of Hebrew prayers and devotions for the Sabbath) sold for £57,000 to an international phone bidder at Hansons on September 5.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

PBFA marks 50th with launch of Bath showpiece

11 September 2023

The PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in style next year with two new fairs: in Bath and Tunbridge Wells.


The colourful world of Norman Bobins

28 August 2023

Latest slice of a ‘magnificent library’ that covered the development of book illustrations


Rare Canadiana in Sussex… and another Norman Bobins

28 August 2023

Estimated at £300-500, a group of five hand-coloured prints of early 19th century Canada sold for £8500 at Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.


French author’s work proves cream of the crop rotation

21 August 2023

'Theatre d’Agriculture et Mesnages des Champs' issued in 1600 is the first major work on French agronomy.


Homer finds an English audience

21 August 2023

Famous 17th century version by George Chapman translates into five figures


Henry James refugee work is rare sale visitor on vellum

21 August 2023

Refugees in Chelsea was written by Henry James (1843-1916) to help the local Chelsea Committee to raise funds in the US to start an industry for crippled Belgian soldiers.


Tutankhamen pharaoh tomb find detailed in three volumes

14 August 2023

Account of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb comes as rare set with dust jackets intact

The Voyage of Governor Philip to Botany Bay

Copy of the ‘foundation book of modern Australia’ comes to auction

08 August 2023

Following the arrival of the first British colonists and convicts to Australia in 1788, early accounts of the settlement on the continent were created.


Gilbert White work’s family value

07 August 2023

Apocrypha sold at auction was his personal copy and then inscribed by descendants who later owned it

Darwin notes

Darwin notes reveal evolution of a book

24 July 2023

Christie’s Books and Manuscripts sale on July 12 included a remarkable copy of 'Insectivorous Plants' by Charles Darwin (1809-82).

Title page of cricket book

Howzat: British Library nets rare cricket book from dealer

17 July 2023

An early book on cricket from the library of commentator John Arlott has been acquired for the British Library from London dealership Peter Harrington.


Very early printed work to be found down south

17 July 2023

'Antipodum, nobis, incognita': how a great southern land is labelled (“the Antipodes unknown to us”) in one of the first mentions in print.


Preview: a work presented by Dickens to his Latin tutor

17 July 2023

Shown here is a copy in Latin of the 'Quirtii Horatii Flacci' opera, 1823, presented by Charles Dickens to his Latin tutor Richard Shiers (mentioned in a book titled 'The Life of Charles Dickens', p45).


Best wishes from Pooh author Blue

03 July 2023

Inscription by AA Milne using his nickname boosts price of a limited-edition copy to £21,000

Missal prayer book

National Trust unveils prayer book connected to Charles II's escape bought at Liverpool auction

27 June 2023

The National Trust has confirmed its purchase of a prayer book at auction in Liverpool which is now on display at Staffordshire farmhouse Moseley Old Hall.

First Folio

Is this a First Folio that I see before me sold at £6.25m?

29 May 2023

Peter Harrington Rare Books has sold a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio with an asking price of £6.25m.


Conan Doyle celebrated in Chicago

29 May 2023

‘Sherlockian scholar’ is the term Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) uses to describe Robert Hess.


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.