Sales by Author, Title, Subject and Collection

This index is compiled from the sales reports published in every issue of The Book Collector. These reports have themselves been assembled principally from eye-witness accounts by our correspondents. It is therefore a record of context as much as of cost. Who was bidding against whom, what was sold afterwards, the cataloguing errors, extraordinary provenances, rarity considered objectively - so on and suchlike. Some account of this system can be found in The Price of Passion ( 2016-04).

Entries are differentiated between Author, Title, Subject and Collection. It should be noted, however, that in the case of most classical texts and many cartographers, the author is also the title.

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Title Sales Category Sub Category See Also Sale Price View PDF
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Antarctic Subject Polar
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
James I Author James VI
Pornography Subject Erotica
Languages Subject Philology
Arctic Subject Polar
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
Fortifications Subject Military
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Shakespeare, William Book Title Troilus and Cressida: sale by Rosenbach to Bodmer, price not shown 1952-01
Dante Alighieri Author The Divine Comedy 1952-01
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title King Lear, price not shown 1952-01
Abbey, J.R. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Rape of Lucrece: the Rosenbach/ Bodmer sale, price not shown 1952-01
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
A Letter to a Friend upon Occasion of the Death of his Intimate Friend 1690 Book Title Subscribe
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Keats, John Author 1952-02
Stanley, Thomas Book Title 'Poems' 1651 Subscribe
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Harmsworth Trust Library Collection 1952-02
Wilde, Oscar Author Holograph of the sonnet on the sale by auction of Keats's love letters Subscribe
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Belial 1472 Book Title 'Extremely rare' Subscribe
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De Civitate Dei 1468 Book Title Sweynheym and Pannartz, 'finely illuminated first page' Subscribe
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The Importance of Being Earnest 1899 Book Title Queensberry collection: one of 12 on Japanese vellum Subscribe
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