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 PDF Filesort descending
James I Author James VI
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Languages Subject Philology
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
Antarctic Subject Polar
Fortifications Subject Military
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
Pornography Subject Erotica
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Arctic Subject Polar
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
Shakespeare, William Book Title King Lear, price not shown 1952-01
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Author 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Rape of Lucrece: the Rosenbach/ Bodmer sale, price not shown 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Troilus and Cressida: sale by Rosenbach to Bodmer, price not shown 1952-01
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
Abbey, J.R. Collection 1952-01
Dante Alighieri Author The Divine Comedy 1952-01
Harmsworth Trust Library Collection 1952-02
Decretales of Pope Gregory IX 1479 Book Title 'In a tooled pigskin binding by Blasius Orger' Subscribe
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L'Après-midi d'un Faune 1876 Book Title Subscribe
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Bookbinding Subject 1952-02
Vathek 1787 Book Title 1st Paris edition, Maurice Baring's copy Subscribe
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Expositio Psalterii not after 1471 Book Title Bound for Hilbrand Brandenburg, with his arms Subscribe
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Les Fleurs du Mal 1857 Book Title 'The small paper issue' Subscribe
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Spiegel des Menschlichen Lebens 1479 Book Title Subscribe
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