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UK and International book fairs calendar: 2019-2020

21 May 2019

Forthcoming buying opportunities in the UK and around the world.

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Writers’ association launches fund-raising campaign to keep judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' in the UK

16 May 2019

Writers’ association English PEN has launched a campaign to raise the £56,250 needed to buy the judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' that has been barred from export.

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Judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' barred from leaving country in hope of finding UK buyer

15 May 2019

The government has temporarily stopped the export of the judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from the infamous obscenity trial.

British and Irish book auctions: May 8-15, 2019

06 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 8-15, 2019.

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The recipe for disaster in cookery book sold at auction

06 May 2019

Plague water is one of the more striking entries in a now worn but finely bound volume of cookery and medical recipes sold recently in London.

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Auckland auction focus on Antarctic

06 May 2019

A library focused on Antarctic exploration gave a New Zealand saleroom one of its more successful book and manuscript auctions since the company’s foundation in 2011.

Entreprenuer Algy Cluff.

Man who also explores old worlds: Former army officer and oil and mining business supremo describes his collecting tastes

06 May 2019

In the latest of our occasional series of collector interviews, we talk to entrepreneur Algy Cluff.

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Golf, Goldfinger and an early 007 classic sell at Swann New York

06 May 2019

Ian Fleming firsts in a Swann of New York sale of May 14 will include a copy of Goldfinger of 1959 inscribed to a famous golfer, Henry Cotton, estimated at $12,000-18,000 (£9250- 13,850).

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Monk into the swim of things at German saleroom

06 May 2019

Bought by a German collector for €115,000 (£99,140) at an auction in Cologne, a 15th century illustrated account of 'Leben der Heiligen Altväter', or ‘Lives of the Holy Fathers’, was a great rarity.

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Guide to travel in the shocking age of segregation

19 April 2019

First published in 1936, The Negro Travellers’ Green Book was a once indispensable guide for African-Americans in the age of segregation.

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First part of Hayhurst library sale is a huge 1139 lots

19 April 2019

Given that the sale ran to a huge 1139 lots, the April 2-4 dispersal in Harrogate of the first part of the library of Robert James Hayhurst may be considered to have done well in achieving a selling rate of 85% at that gathering of Elzevir and other early printed works.

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Tracts and pamphlets make a whole £23,500

19 April 2019

A bound volume of early works on a famous automaton chess player, featured in ATG No 2387, was not the only lot in a recent Cumbrian sale to produce a handsome return.

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Single-owner collection devoted to modern first editions includes 1937 copy of The Hobbit

15 April 2019

Devoted wholly to modern firsts, a recent online sale presented the first selection of a single-owner collection – the second portion of which will be sold later in the year.

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Wigan Pier on the road to saleroom courtesy of a Wigan consigner

15 April 2019

Two first-edition versions of George Orwell’s 'The Road to Wigan Pier', the first part of which is an investigation into the working-class living conditions in Lancashire, Yorkshire and the industrial north, were published in 1937.

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ILAB and ABAA launch book provenance symposium in New York

12 April 2019

As provenance requirements for the material institutions buy becomes increasingly strict, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has launched a symposium in New York.

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Actor, writer and rare book collector Stephen Fry reveals he will open ABA’s rare book fair Firsts

11 April 2019

Actor and writer Stephen Fry will open Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, the annual event from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA).

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Medieval marriage contract that launched a queen’s bid for power tops Bonhams’ book auction

05 April 2019

A medieval marriage contract representing Isabella of France’s political machinations was knocked down for £120,000 at Bonhams last week.

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Two sales in Gloucestershire and west London feature sizeable ornithological sections

18 March 2019

Ornithological books and artworks have played their part in the success of two recent sales and a selection of just a few of those lots begins with books from the Ladwell library.

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Medley of tastes on offer in California

18 March 2019

A Californian sale of March 7 certainly offered great variety in age, content and price range. Promoted as A Biblio-Medley for All Tastes, it ran to well over 500 lots across its printed and supplementary, online catalogues – with at least one lot, a volume of the works of Arthur Hallam, sold for just $10.

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Devon auction to offer library of renowned botanist

17 March 2019

Running to just 60 or so pages, a little promotional work called ‘Autotypography: Or Art of Nature-Printing...’ coming up for sale in Devon on March 26 proves to have a rather complex tale to tell.