Books & Periodicals

Material in this specialist market ranges from the early printed works of the Gutenberg Press and William Caxton right through to Modern First Editions and now up to signed copies of Harry Potter. Condition and rarity are the keys to this sector.


Famed Manhattan collection yields second tempting selection of first editions in New York

14 October 2019

Graham Greene was a star turn when a second portion of the famed ‘Mystery Fiction’ collections and stock of Otto Penzler, proprietor of Manhattan’s ‘Mysterious Bookshop’, came to auction in New York on September 5.

British and Irish book auctions: October 15-25, 2019

14 October 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from October 15-25, 2019.

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Sci-fi collection is 442-lot sell-out success in Dallas

07 October 2019

Several records were broken when all 442 lots in the Glynn & Suzanne Crain science-fiction collection sold in a US auction on August 13-14.

British and Irish book auctions, October 8-19, 2019

07 October 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Bede reprint prized for illustrious provenance

07 October 2019

The first printed copy of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica was published in Strasbourg as early as c.1475 with subsequent versions printed in Vienna (1513), Strasbourg again (1500), Haguenau (1506), Paris (1544) and Antwerp (1550).

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Bible from 1462 on offer

07 October 2019

The most famous book from the first years of printing using moveable type is the Bible produced by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz in the mid-1450s, but in Hamburg on November 25 Ketterer Kunst will be offering another very rare and early Bible.

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Murder tale grips the saleroom

07 October 2019

Account of a double killing in 19th century Norwich heads a look at two-day auction.

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News makes its way from the East Indies

07 October 2019

Shown below are the frontispiece and title-page of Newes from the East-Indies..., a 1638 account by William Bruton of his travels in ‘Bengalla’.

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Bristol University to buy judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from famous obscenity trial

02 October 2019

Fundraising led by writers’ association English PEN has helped save for the nation the judge’s annotated copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover'.

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Diverse lots come together for auction selection in West Sussex

30 September 2019

Variety was certainly in evidence in a West Sussex sale, where the teenage journal of a young stained-glass maker, two broadside ballads and an illustrated dummy for 'Down with Skool!' all brought much higher than predicted bids.

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Isaac Newton notes off to great start

30 September 2019

It is the practice of one US saleroom to publish what are called ‘starting bids’ rather than an estimate range in its catalogues.

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TS Eliot’s cats climb to £4300 sale result

30 September 2019

Signed by its author to the title-page, a 1939 first of TS Eliot’s 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats' sold for £4300 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

Buyer makes Suffrage choice

30 September 2019

Bearing a modest estimate of £50-75 but sold instead at £800 by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on September 4 was a copy of 'Women’s Suffrage: a Short History of a Great Movement' (1912) by that renowned campaigner for women’s political rights, Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

British and Irish book auctions: October 1-15, 2019

30 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Poets create a decent auction rhythm

23 September 2019

The biggest literary impression in a recent Shrewsbury sale that combined medals and militaria with well over 200 lots of books and ephemera was made by poets – famous and otherwise.

British and Irish book auctions: September 24-October 4, 2019

23 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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A brief history of the written word

23 September 2019

From a 5000-year-old pictographic tablet to a 5th century bible leaf - a small but fascinating London auction.

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Mummy rises to a shock result in Exeter auction

16 September 2019

The second published work of the ‘flower book lady’ has no other auction appearance

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Choice first edition of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ carries high hopes at Hindman Auctions

16 September 2019

Hindman Auctions will be selling a Midwestern collector’s ensemble of rare books in an 85 lot auction in Chicago on November 5.

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Record reveals the Grim Reaper’s toll

16 September 2019

A final selection of works from the London summer sale of books from the Fox Pointe Manor library* includes a gruesome account of London’s ‘Great Plague’.

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