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 Categorysort descending Sub Category Sale Price PDF File
The Miscellanies of Politian 1489 Subscribe
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Historia Real Sagrada, Luz de Principes 1643 First book printed in Puebla Subscribe
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Shakespeare, William Author Fourth Folio, bought in 2017-01
Perring, John Shae Author 1996-02
Fléchier, Esprit Author 2015-03
Bewick, Thomas Author 'British Land Birds...Vignettes' 1825-27 Subscribe
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Aristotle Author Latin edition Subscribe
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Medici, Catherine de Author 1955-01
Laplace, Cyrille Author 2005-04
Linnaeus, Carl Author 2001-02
Churchill, Winston Author 2013-02
Ritson, Joseph Author 2003-03
Haydn, Joseph Author Contract with music publishers, 1796 Subscribe
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Buck, Samuel & Nathaniel Author 2008-02
White, James Author 1987-02
Washington, George, President Author Letter about his salary Subscribe
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Malthus, Thomas Author 2015-04
Stevenson, Fanny Author Letter re Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Subscribe
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Sartre, Jean-Paul Author 1954-02
Homer, Winslow Author 21 letters Subscribe
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Patrick, Mrs F.C. Author 2014-03
Fichte, Johann Author 1976-02
Nash, John Author 1997-01
Aquinas, St Thomas Author A Ghent tract, pre-1483 Subscribe
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Lewin, John William Author 1992-03
Shelley, Percy Bysshe Author 2014-01
Hardy, Thomas Author 2014-01
Pliny 1469 Author 'Very grand' Subscribe
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Weber, Carl Maria von Author Autograph for his second symphony Subscribe
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Froberger, Johann Author Manuscript of 35 keyboard pieces Subscribe
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Torrington, Viscount Author Letterbooks from Brussels 1782 to 1792, 15 volumes Subscribe
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Eliot, George Author Twenty-six letters to Jeanie Senior Subscribe
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Austen, Jane Author A 'fine, long' letter to Cassandra Subscribe
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De Voragine, Jacobus Author 2015-02
Madison, James Author Concerning the Louisiana Purchase Subscribe
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Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur Author Part manuscript of 'His Last Bow' Subscribe
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Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio Canal Author 2006-03
Yeats, W.B. Author 2010-03
Golding, William Author 1984-04
Pappus of Alexandria Author 2006-01

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