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.

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


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Austen, Jane 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion' 1817, defective Subscribe
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2006-04
The Miscellanies of Politian 1489 Subscribe
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2012-04
Austen, Jane 'Emma' 1816, lacking two half-titles Subscribe
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2018-04
Turing, Alan 'On Computable Numbers' 1936 Subscribe
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2018-04
Yeats, W.B. 'The Winding Stair' 1933, mint Subscribe
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2019-01
Historia Real Sagrada, Luz de Principes 1643 First book printed in Puebla Subscribe
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1971-03
Lewis, James Author 'Aboriginal Portfolio' 1835-36 Subscribe
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1972-04
Chaucer, Geoffrey: 1532 Author Subscribe
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1997-01
Thevet, André Author 'Les Singularitez de la France Antarctique' 1558 Subscribe
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2010-01
Hopkins, Gerard Manley Author 16 of his drawings, price not shown 1966-04
Snow, William P. Author 'A Paper on the Lost Polar Expedition...' 1860, the author's copy Subscribe
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2015-04
Erasmus, Desiderius Author 'Precatio Dominica' c.1523 Subscribe
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2010-02
Montalboddo, Fracanzio Author 'Itinerarium Portugallensium' 1508 Subscribe
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2013-03
Newton, Richard Author 11 drawings Subscribe
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2010-02
De Bry, Theodorus Author The Barbet set, both Greater & Lesser Voyages Subscribe
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2016-02
Greene, Graham Author 'The Name of Action' 1930 Subscribe
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1992-01
Descartes, René Author 'Discours de la Méthode' 1637, bought in at $14,000 1984-03
Potter, Beatrix Author 'The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit' 1906 Subscribe
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2006-03
Mahler, Gustav Author Lieder eines Farhrenden Gesellen Subscribe
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1987-01
Wright, Edward Author 'Certain Errors in Navigation' 1657, Moxon's edition, with map Subscribe
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2008-01
Collins, Wilkie Author 'The Woman in White' 1860 Subscribe
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1971-01
La Rochefoucauld, François, Duc de Author 'Sentences et Maximes' 1664 Subscribe
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1999-01
Byron, Lord George Author Letters before leaving for Greece Subscribe
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2012-01
Irving, Washington Author MS of 'The Companions of Columbus' Subscribe
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1952-03
Boethius Author 10th century English manuscript Subscribe
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1957-03
Surtees, Robert Smith Author 5 1st editions including Sponge and Handley Cross with 110 of the original drawings Subscribe
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1967-03
Baer, Carl Ernst Author 'De Ovi Mammalium et Hominis Genesi'1827 Subscribe
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1971-02
Searle, Ronald Author Design for 'The Terror of St Trinians' d/w Subscribe
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1999-01
Darwin, Charles Author An 'important' letter Subscribe
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2014-01
Dryden, John Author A petition of 1678 against Dryden Subscribe
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2001-01
Raleigh [Ralegh], Sir Walter Author Document signed by Subscribe
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1983-04
Mather, Cotton Author Portrait of 1728 Subscribe
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1973-04
Newton, Sir Isaac Author Olympia Press edition Subscribe
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2019-01
Bowen, Elizabeth Author Corrected drafts of 'The Death of the Heart' Subscribe
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1962-01
Goethe, Johann von Author 'Die Leiden des Junges Werthers' 1774 Subscribe
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2014-03
Potter, Beatrix Author 'The Fierce Bad Rabbit' sketch Subscribe
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2010-01
Ross, James Clark Author 'A Voyage of Discovery and research...during the Years 1839-43' 1847, a family copy Subscribe
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2015-04
Penn, William Author Broadside for prospective colonists c.1684 Subscribe
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1968-02
Char, René Author 'L'Action de la Justice...' 1932, presentation copy to Eluard, material added Subscribe
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1998-02
Laënnec, René Author 'De l'Auscultation Médiate' 1819 Subscribe
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1980-03

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