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
Turing, Alan 'On Computable Numbers' 1936 Subscribe
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2018-04
Austen, Jane 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion' 1817, defective Subscribe
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2006-04
Historia Real Sagrada, Luz de Principes 1643 First book printed in Puebla Subscribe
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1971-03
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
Fisher, John Author 2013-04
Brahms, Johannes Author Autograph of his first string quintet Subscribe
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2005-01
Zola, Emile Author 2014-01
Lawrence, D.H. Author 'Women in Love' 1920, inscribed to Mabel Dodge Luhan Subscribe
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2004-03
More, Sir Thomas Author Apologetic tracts 1530-33 Subscribe
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1971-03
James, Henry Author 'The Outcry' 1911, presentation copy Subscribe
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2015-03
Taylor, Zachary, President Author A 'short (but rare) letter' Subscribe
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2011-03
Ross, John Author 'Narrative of the Second Voyage to the Arctic Regions' 1834 Subscribe
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2015-04
Heaney, Seamus Author 'Death of a Naturalist' his first book, annotated Subscribe
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2013-03
Cocker, Edward Author 'The Compleat Writing Master' 1670 Subscribe
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2006-01
Hunglinger, Andreas Author 'Rare' 1803 view of Mecca Subscribe
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2012-03
Galileo, Galilei Author 2 rariora Subscribe
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1989-01
Burton, Sir Richard Francis Author 'The Lake Regions' 1860, Stanley's annotated copy Subscribe
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2012-03
Boswell, James Author 'Life of Johnson', 1791: bought in 2008-04
Racine, Jean Author 'Oeuvres' 1687 edition Subscribe
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1954-02
Eliot, T.S. Author Corrected typescript of 'Journey of the Magi' Subscribe
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2013-02
Petiver, J. Author 1955-02
Bach, J.S. Author Signed document Subscribe
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1955-01
Thrale, Mrs Author Her bible, much annotated Subscribe
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2004-02
Hooker, J.D. Author 1954-01
Cellini, Benvenuto Author Letter Subscribe
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1976-01
Fauré, Gabriel Author Violin sonata Subscribe
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1972-03
Dodart, Denis Author 'Mémoires pour Servir à l'Histoire des Plantes' 1678 Subscribe
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1997-03
Besler, Basilius Author 'Hortus Eystenttis' 1713 [c.1750] Subscribe
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1988-02
Aragon, Louis Author 'Le Con d'Irène' 1928, 'exemplaire unique' Subscribe
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2004-03
Molina, Alonso de Author 'Vocabulario' 1555, price not shown 2004-01
Swinburne, Algernon Author Printer's copy of 'The Garden of Cymodoce' Subscribe
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1989-03
Mahfouz, Naguib Author Manuscripts, withdrawn 2012-01
Schmied, François-Louis Author 'Cantique de Cantiques' 1925 Subscribe
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2013-02
Burns, Robert Author Album of manuscripts Subscribe
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1987-01
Buffon, Comte de Author 'Histoire Naturelle' 1771/86, 'fine but not quite complete' Subscribe
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2007-03
Eiffel, Gustave Author 'Le Tour de Trois Cent Metres' 1900, inscribed Subscribe
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2014-01
Peacock, Thomas Love Author 'Melincourt' 1817 Subscribe
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2009-02
Austen, Jane Author 'Pride and Prejudice' 1813 Subscribe
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2016-01
Thomas, Dylan Author 'Poem (For as long as forever is)' Subscribe
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2013-03

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