Books and Works on Paper


Princely pick in Chicago

25 January 2021

A 1640, first English language edition of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, in a translation by Edward Dacres, was bid to $38,000 (£29,010) in a US sale.

British and Irish book auctions: January 26-February 7, 2021

25 January 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions


Books and works on paper: Middle East volume set enthrals bidders

18 January 2021

Nineteenth century travel accounts by European visitors are sold in London auction


Hugs and kisses, Christopher Robin

18 January 2021

Mounted in an autograph book that was compiled from 1937 onwards by Miss Joyce Cartmell, a sketch of Christopher Robin was a highlight of a Yorkshire sale.


Very earliest Christmas Carol sold in Philadelphia

18 January 2021

There were, inevitably, a few copies of Charles Dickens’ much-loved tale, 'A Christmas Carol', on offer at auction as the big day approached.


Noteworthy Dickens and Austen delight in NY

18 January 2021

Two of the best-selling literary lots in a New York sale were copies of Jane Austen novels.

British and Irish book auctions: January 20-February 5, 2021

18 January 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.


Books and works on paper: Rugby School gives auction a try

11 January 2021

Controversial school sale of library books and manuscripts includes an Irish/Latin surprise


Monstrous German auction over four days

11 January 2021

Presenting, as always, huge numbers of lots – some 2800 this time, an auction held by Reiss & Sohn (19% buyer’s premium) produced some notable prices.


Single-owner books bring 007 heaven

11 January 2021

A significant collection of Ian Fleming’s books, typescripts and assorted autograph material raised close on £1m at Sotheby’s.

British and Irish book auctions: January 12-30, 2021

11 January 2021

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.


‘Greatest logician since Leibniz or Aristotle’

04 January 2021

Among the successful lots in a History of Science & Technology sale held by Bonhams Los Angeles (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a group of five signed and inscribed offprints from periodical publications of papers and other work by the logician, mathematician and analytic philosopher, Kurt Gödel.


First of famous Christopher Marlowe tragedy

04 January 2021

A 1633 first edition of Christopher Marlowe’s 'The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta' was a highlight at Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: January 5-28, 2021

04 January 2021

Our regular listing of British and Irish book and works on paper sales.

Norfolk auction sets record for autobiography of pioneering evolutionist Alfred Russel Wallace

04 January 2021

Bid to a record £1900 in a Norfolk auction was a 1905, two-volume first of 'My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions'.


Shakespeare brightened up by colouring

04 January 2021

Shown here is the opening spread of a special copy of an 1895 Dent edition of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' sold at Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium).


Broadside or chapbooks in demand

04 January 2021

The surprise lot at Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) was one in which the principal attraction may well have been a penny broadside of 1826.


Olde Worlde charm… from 1847

21 December 2020

Quaintly titled book about Great Yarmouth was one of the varied attractions in Cambridge auction.


Arabic work presents ‘complete book of the medical art’

21 December 2020

A rare complete copy of a famous Arabic medical text sold for £30,000 in a sale of manuscripts and other works on paper from the Islamic and Near Eastern worlds.


Naturally appealing in NY

21 December 2020

Americana, travel and natural history were billed as the main attractions of a sale at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).