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.


Title Sales Category Sub Category Sale Price View PDF
Yeats, W.B. 'The Winding Stair' 1933, mint Subscribe
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2019-01
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
Austen, Jane 'Emma' 1816, lacking two half-titles Subscribe
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2018-04
The Miscellanies of Politian 1489 Subscribe
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2012-04
Turing, Alan 'On Computable Numbers' 1936 Subscribe
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2018-04
Burton, Richard 2019-01
Brasca, Santo Author 'Itinerario alla Santissima ...Gerusalemme' 1481 Subscribe
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2014-01
Potter, Beatrix Author Benjamin Bunny Mats Subscribe
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1970-04
Einstein, Albert Author Letter Subscribe
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2015-02
Orwell, George Author 2013-03
Goethe, Johann von Author 'Zur Farbenlehre' 1810, with the 'rare' 'Erklärung' Subscribe
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1976-02
Daniell and Ayton Author 'Voyage round Great Britain' 8 vols 1814/25 Subscribe
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1954-03
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Author Two sonnets in autograph Subscribe
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1972-04
Ramelli, Agostino Author 'Le Diverse et Artificiose Machine' 1588 Subscribe
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2001-02
Exter, Alexandra Author Theatre designs Subscribe
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2009-01
Blundeville, Thomas Author 'The Theoriques of the Seven Planets' 1602 Subscribe
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1968-02
Webster, John Author 1980-03
Digges, Leonard Author 'A Geometrical Practice Named Pantometria' 1571 Subscribe
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1966-02
Bach, J.S. Author 4-page sheet in his own hand Subscribe
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1968-03
Tolkien, J.R.R. Author 2015-03
Lamarck, Jean-Baptiste Author 'Systeme des Animaux' 1801 Subscribe
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1998-03
Hemingway, Ernest Author 'In Our Time' 1924, inscribed to Sylvia Beach Subscribe
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2004-03
Sirén, Osvald Author 'Imperial Palaces of Peking' 1926 Subscribe
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2012-04
Hammett, Dashiell Author 'The Maltese Falcon' 1930, presentation copy Subscribe
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2011-04
Cervantes, Miguel de Author Mme de Pompadour's 14-volume set Subscribe
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2010-01
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Author 'Ballads and Sonnets' 1881, presentation copy Subscribe
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1953-01
Bawden, Edward Author 'Two fine drawings' averaging - Subscribe
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2010-04
Johnson, Samuel Author 'Lives of the Poets' 1779, a 'fine set in green morocco' Subscribe
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1993-01
Pope, Alexander Author The autograph of 'Pastorals' Subscribe
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1990-01
Bessarion, Basilios Author 'Adversus Platonis Calumniatorem' 1469 Subscribe
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1975-03
Vancouver, Captain George Author 'Voyage' 1798 Subscribe
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1953-02
Aragon, Louis Author 'Le Con d'Irène' 1928, 'exemplaire unique' Subscribe
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2004-03
Joyce, James Author 'Dubliners' 1914 Subscribe
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2007-03
Lashly, William Author 'Diary...Scott to the South Pole' 1938-39, unnumbered, ? a maquette Subscribe
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2015-02
Malthus, Thomas Author 'An Essay on the Principle of Population' 1798 Subscribe
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1991-02
Shakespeare, William Author A set of all four folios, 'one of the finest in existence' Subscribe
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1961-03
Gillray, James Author 'Very-slippy weather' Subscribe
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2010-02
Brandes, John Author Sketch book of travel in Java, Ceylon and the Cape Subscribe
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1985-02
Bunyan, John Author Four titles, prices not shown 1995-03

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