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.


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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
The Miscellanies of Politian 1489 Subscribe
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2012-04
Austen, Jane 'Emma' 1816, lacking two half-titles Subscribe
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2018-04
Turing, Alan 'On Computable Numbers' 1936 Subscribe
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2018-04
Ortelius, Abraham 1570 Author Latin edition, combined with Braun 'Civitates' 1572 Subscribe
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1993-03
Johnson, Samuel Author Dictionary, 1755 Subscribe
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2017-02
Valturius, Roberto Author 'De Re Militari' 1483 Subscribe
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1954-01
Eiffel, Gustave Author 2014-01
Manners, Catherine Author 'Poems' 1799, corrected by the author Subscribe
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2011-04
Arnold, Matthew Author 'Cromwell' 1843, 'once accounted a rarity', presentation copy Subscribe
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2013-03
Franklin, Benjamin Author 'An Account of the Treaty...Albany' 1746 Subscribe
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2009-01
Verga, Giovanni & Capuana, Luigi Author A collection of letters Subscribe
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2012-02
Hoecke, Robert van der Author A Dutch florilegium Subscribe
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2015-03
Rabelais, François - Author 1553 edition Subscribe
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2004-01
Colden, Cadwallader Author 'History of the Five Indian Nations' 1727 Subscribe
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2005-03
Menabrea, L.F. Author 'Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage' 1843 Subscribe
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2008-03
Butler, Samuel Author 'Hudibras' 1674, in a handsome binding Subscribe
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2015-02
Boccaccio, Giovanni Author Colard Mansion 'De Casibus Virorum...' 1476 'with its primal engraved illustrations' Subscribe
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1996-01
Bach, Karl Philipp Emanuel Author An 'important' letter Subscribe
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2013-01
Mitford, Nancy Author 'Christmas Pudding' 1932, in d/w Subscribe
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2018-04
Shepard, Ernest Howard Author Two ink drawings of Heffalumps Subscribe
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2010-01
Mao Zedong Author Notes on Chinese literature Subscribe
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2017-03
Rob Roy Author Letter Subscribe
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2000-04
Sassoon, Siegfried Author 'Amyntas' 1912 Subscribe
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1975-03
Cervantes, Miguel de Author 'Ocho Comedias' 1615 Subscribe
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1988-03
Ubaldino Petruccio Author 'Vite delle Donne Illustri' 1591, inscribed to Lord Burghley Subscribe
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1953-03
Molière 1697 Author Oeuvres Subscribe
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2006-03
Bewick, Thomas Author Several hundred letters to him Subscribe
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1998-03
Leclerc, Jean Author 'Théâtre Géographique du Royaume de France' 1631 Subscribe
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1978-01
Euclid Author 'Elementa Geometriae' Venice 1482 Subscribe
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2018-03
Swift, Jonathan Author 'Gulliver' 1726, large paper Subscribe
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1979-02
Jonson, Ben Author 2016-01
Schachman, Bartell Author An album of costumes of Constantinople c. 1590 Subscribe
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2010-01
Ptolemy 1548 Author Venice Subscribe
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2008-01
Patrick, Mrs F.C. Author 'The Jesuit or the History of Anthony Babington' 1799 Subscribe
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2014-03
Marx, Karl Author Long letter to an American journalist Subscribe
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2013-03
Washington, George, President Author His 1798 assertion of the need for peace Subscribe
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2014-01
Capra, Baldassare Author 'Usus et Fabrica Circini' 1607 Subscribe
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2018-04
Revere, Paul Author 'The Bloody Massacre' 1770 Subscribe
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2012-03

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