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
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
Languages Subject Philology
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Pornography Subject Erotica
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
Fortifications Subject Military
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Antarctic Subject Polar
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Arctic Subject Polar
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
James I Author James VI
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
Shakespeare, William Book Title King Lear, price not shown 1952-01
Abbey, J.R. Collection 1952-01
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Rape of Lucrece: the Rosenbach/ Bodmer sale, price not shown 1952-01
The Importance of Being Earnest 1899 Book Title Queensberry collection: one of 12 on Japanese vellum Subscribe
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Bartholemaeus Anglicus 1494 Book Title 'De Proprietatibus Rerum' Toulouse Subscribe
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Shelley, Percy Bysshe Author Letter to Hogg about Keats, 'a young writer of bad taste' Subscribe
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Decretales of Pope Gregory IX 1479 Book Title 'In a tooled pigskin binding by Blasius Orger' Subscribe
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L'Après-midi d'un Faune 1876 Book Title Subscribe
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Manon Lescaut 1753 Book Title Subscribe
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Poetry Subject 1952-02
An Evening Walk 1793 Book Title Wordsworth's first book Subscribe
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