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
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
James I Author James VI
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Pornography Subject Erotica
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Fortifications Subject Military
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
Antarctic Subject Polar
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Arctic Subject Polar
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Languages Subject Philology
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
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
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title King Lear, price not shown 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Rape of Lucrece: the Rosenbach/ Bodmer sale, price not shown 1952-01
Abbey, J.R. Collection 1952-01
Shelley, Percy Bysshe Author Letter to Hogg about Keats, 'a young writer of bad taste' Subscribe
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1952-02
Rasselas 1759 Book Title Subscribe
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1952-02
De Civitate Dei 1468 Book Title Sweynheym and Pannartz, 'finely illuminated first page' Subscribe
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1952-02
Religio Medici 1642 Book Title The second (unauthorised) edition Subscribe
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1952-02
Belial 1472 Book Title 'Extremely rare' Subscribe
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1952-02
Milton, John 1645 Book Title 'Poems ', rebound Subscribe
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1952-02
Decretales 1479 Book Title Subscribe
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1952-02
Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard 1751 Book Title The second edition Subscribe
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1952-02

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