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 PDF
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
Pornography Subject Erotica
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
James I Author James VI
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
Antarctic Subject Polar
Arctic Subject Polar
Fortifications Subject Military
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Languages Subject Philology
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
Shakespeare, William Book Title Troilus and Cressida: sale by Rosenbach to Bodmer, price not shown 1952-01
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title King Lear, price not shown 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Rape of Lucrece: the Rosenbach/ Bodmer sale, price not shown 1952-01
Abbey, J.R. Collection 1952-01
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
Dante Alighieri Author The Divine Comedy 1952-01
Decretales 1479 Book Title Subscribe
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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Author 74 letters Subscribe
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Saint Bride Technical Library Collection 93 lots 'not in very attractive condition' for - Subscribe
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Spiegel des Menschlichen Lebens 1479 Book Title Subscribe
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Poetry Subject 1952-02
Les Fleurs du Mal 1857 Book Title 'The small paper issue' Subscribe
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Molière 1734 Book Title Oeuvres, a fine copy in crimson morocco Subscribe
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An Evening Walk 1793 Book Title Wordsworth's first book Subscribe
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