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.

When typing an author's name into the Search bar please do so either as Smith, John or as Smith or as John.

Suggestions on how to improve any aspect of this archival information will be welcomed at archive@thebookcollector.co.uk.

An asterisk (*) against an entry indicates that issue of The Book Collector is no longer available in print.


Title Sales Category Sub Category Sale Price View PDF
The Miscellanies of Politian 1489 Subscribe
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2012-04
Historia Real Sagrada, Luz de Principes 1643 First book printed in Puebla Subscribe
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1971-03
Boydell, John Author 2008-02
Tolkien, J.R.R. Author 2012-04
Aristotle 1474 Author Praedicamenta 1474, 'the only known copy' Subscribe
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2004-03
Jefferson, Thomas, President Author Letter on slavery Subscribe
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2003-01
Speke, John Hanning Author 2014-03
Ruskin, John Author Letter to Henry Acland Subscribe
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1977-02
Yciar, Juan de Author Arte Subtilissima 1550 Subscribe
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2013-02
Powell, Anthony Author Fifteen letters from Orwell, total 'more than'... Subscribe
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2015-03
Erasmus, Desiderius Author 2007-01
Valegio, Francesco Author 'Famose Citta di Tutto il Mondo' 1595 Subscribe
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2007-01
Paganini, Niccolò Author Sheet of guitar music Subscribe
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2008-03
Blake, William Author 'The Song of Liberty' 3 plates, copy L Subscribe
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1994-01
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Author K. 475 and K. 457, together - Subscribe
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1991-01
Khunrath, Heinrich Author 2004-01
Euclid 1575 Author 'A de luxe blue paper copy' Subscribe
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2018-03
Tartaglia, Niccolo Author 'Trattato di Numeri et Misure' 1556-60 Subscribe
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1999-01
Mao Tse-tung [Zedong] Author 'Little red book', first edition, variant 1, with errata slip Subscribe
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2011-03
Cortés, Martin Author 2007-03
Ratdolt, Erhard Author 2007-03
Fleming, Ian Author 2012-01
Walpole, Horace Author 6 books from his library, in 'wretched condition' Subscribe
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1986-03
Duchamp, Marcel Author Letters to Maria Martins Subscribe
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2006-03
Thomas, Dylan Author Roneod broadcast script of 'Under Milk Wood' with 3 copies of 'Madamoiselle' Subscribe
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2014-03
Newton, Sir Isaac Author 'Principia Mathematica' 1713 Subscribe
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2014-02
Ben Gurion, David Author Typewritten letter Subscribe
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2012-02
Wilde, Oscar Author 'Heart's Yearnings', the revised manuscript Subscribe
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2013-03
Aquino, Carlo Author 2004-01
Jamnitzer, Wenzel Author 'Perspectiva Corporium Regularium' 1568 Subscribe
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2002-03
Marolles, Michel de Author Prints, bound for Louis XIV Subscribe
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2014-02
Locke, John Author 1987-01
Commines, Philip de Author Mémoires 1580 Subscribe
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2010-01
Chubb, Ralph Author 'The Heavenly Cupid' 1934 Subscribe
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2007-04
Garbo, Greta Author 40 letters Subscribe
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1994-01
Woolf, Virginia Author 1963-01
Browning, Robert Author Correspondence with Julia Wedgwood Subscribe
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2004-02
Austen, Jane Author 2003-03
Keats, John Author 2005-04
Audubon, John James Author 'The Birds of America', the Portland copy Subscribe
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2018-03

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