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
Emancipation of Slaves, Subject Slavery
Atlases Subject Maps, Atlases, Charts and Portolans
Knowsley Hall Subject Derby, Earl of
Fortifications Subject Military
Catalogues Subject Book and Library Catalogues
Hebrew Subject Judaica
Wordbooks Subject Philology
Coole Library Subject Lady Gregory
Piozzi, Mrs Subject Thrale, Mrs
H.B. Subject Doyle, John
Duke of Cumberland, Ernst Subject König Ernst August von Hannover
Antarctic Subject Polar
Boyle, Johnsee Author Cork and Orrery
Languages Subject Philology
Rolfe, Frederick Author Corvo, Baron
Arctic Subject Polar
Pornography Subject Erotica
Grammars & Wordbooks Subject Philology
Playing cards Subject Cards & Games
Zdanevich, Ilia Author Iliazd
Liturgy Subject Religious works
Klingemann, Karl Subject Mendelssohn, Felix
James I Author James VI
Plays Subject Theatre & Drama
Lauderdale - Dysart - Tollemache Collection Helmingham Hall
Bodmer, M. Collection 1952-01
Shakespeare, William Book Title Troilus and Cressida: sale by Rosenbach to Bodmer, price not shown 1952-01
Dante Alighieri Author The Divine Comedy 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
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Collection 1952-01
Shelley, Percy Bysshe Author Letter to Hogg about Keats, 'a young writer of bad taste' Subscribe
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Molière 1734 Book Title Oeuvres, a fine copy in crimson morocco Subscribe
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The Importance of Being Earnest 1899 Book Title Queensberry collection: one of 12 on Japanese vellum Subscribe
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Gregory IX, Pope Author 1952-02
An Evening Walk 1793 Book Title Wordsworth's first book Subscribe
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St Bride Technical Library Subject 1952-02
De Proprietatibus Rerum 1494 Book Title Subscribe
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Keats, John Author MS of the sonnet on the sale of Keats's love letters Subscribe
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