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 Sale Price View PDF
Historia Real Sagrada, Luz de Principes 1643 First book printed in Puebla Subscribe
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The Miscellanies of Politian 1489 Subscribe
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Boswell, Sir Alexander Author 1980-01
Fleming, Ian Author His letters to Percy Muir Subscribe
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Beza, Theodoro Author 1991-01
Duchamp, Marcel Author Letters to Maria Martins Subscribe
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Aristotle Author 2003-02
Linschoten, Jan Huyghen Author 2008-01
Aelfric of Eynsham Author 1970-02
Churchill, Winston Author Cigar cabinet Subscribe
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Haydn, Joseph Author Timpani & trumpet parts for Symphony no. 90 Subscribe
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Buell, Abel Author His 1784 map of North America Subscribe
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Wied, Prince Maximilian zu Author 2005-01
Galsworthy, John Author 1984-03
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Author Letter to Thoreau, 1843 Subscribe
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Montagu, Edwin Author 2003-01
Denton, Daniel Author 1987-03
Mandeville, Sir John de Author Incomplete but unrecorded 'Travels' Subscribe
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Stoker, Bram Author 1997-01
Hondius, Jodocus Author The 1633 Atlas Subscribe
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Ptolemy 1513 Author Strasbourg Subscribe
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Audubon, John James Author Journal of his voyage to Britain Subscribe
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Peacock, Thomas Love Author 1984-04
Vespucci, G. Author 1998-01
Fielding, Henry Author 2016-01
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Author Letter about his sick son, 1876 Subscribe
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Maupassant, Guy de Author 2016-01
Aquinas, St Thomas Author 1995-01
Lewis & Clark 1814 Author Subscribe
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Sherman, William, General Author 57 field orders May-November 1864 Subscribe
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Pocock, Nicholas Author 1957-01
Brookshaw, George Author 2004-03
Wells, H.G. Author 1969-04
Frost, Robert Author 1962-03
Eliot, T.S. Author 'The Waste Land', specially transcribed to benefit The London Library Subscribe
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Austen, Jane Author 1984-04
Debussy, Claude Author Autograph of Pelléas et Melisande Subscribe
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St Francis Author 1954-02
Joyce, James Author 1987-03
Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur Author 2006-03

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