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 PDFsort descending
Fortifications Subject Military
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Antarctic Subject Polar
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
Arctic Subject Polar
James I Author James VI
Pornography Subject Erotica
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Languages Subject Philology
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
Shakespeare, William Book Title Rape of Lucrece: the Rosenbach/ Bodmer sale, price not shown 1952-01
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Author 1952-01
Dante Alighieri Author The Divine Comedy 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Troilus and Cressida: sale by Rosenbach to Bodmer, price not shown 1952-01
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
Abbey, J.R. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title King Lear, price not shown 1952-01
Belial 1472 Book Title 'Extremely rare' Subscribe
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Shaw, G.B. Author Long letter about 'The Doctor's Dilemma' Subscribe
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Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard 1751 Book Title The second edition Subscribe
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Queensberry, Marquess Of Collection 1952-02
Manon Lescaut 1753 Book Title Subscribe
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Rasselas 1759 Book Title Subscribe
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Religio Medici 1642 Book Title The second (unauthorised) edition Subscribe
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De Civitate Dei 1468 Book Title Sweynheym and Pannartz, 'finely illuminated first page' Subscribe
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