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Top: bearing the bookplate of Dennis Wheatley, this fine copy of Liam O’Flaherty’s The Informer was sold at £1900 to an American dealer.

Bottom: H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man of 1897 was sold at £2200, while a copy of his first book, The Time Machine of 1895 – again in the original cloth – made £1800.

Buyer’s premium: 17.5/15/10 per cent