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News: Recent Auction Prices for Books, 21-27 January 2021, Ian Fleming etc.

Price guide for books recently sold at auction including modern first editions by John Wyndham, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene,Daphne du Maurier George Orwell and others.

Continuing this series of recent prices achieved for books at auction, I'm covering the period here from 21st to 27th January 2021. Included are some Ian Fleming James Bond 1st editions. Other modern firsts from John Wyndham, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler and others, and some non-fiction and antiquarian books are also included.

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Here are some highlights: All prices below include the stated buyers premium (including UK V.A.T. if applicable) on each item, as outlined by each auction house. They do not include any additional fees such as online platform commissions and postage.

21st January 2021

  • Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers The Cheshire Saleroom, Withyfold Drive, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2BD. UK
    • Undated nineteenth century, British Freshwater Fishes by Rev. W. Houghton and illustrated by A.F. Lydon, two volumes, published by William Mackenzie (London), good condition. Sold for £336
  • Dominic Winter Auctioneers
  • Mallard House, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UQ. UK
    • 1950 I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, 1st edition published by Gnome Press (New York), various faults, fair condition. Sold for £1,440
    • 1916 The Power House by John Buchan, 1st edition published by William Blackwood (London), good condition in a fair dust jacket. Sold for £1,740
    • 1953 The Raymond Chandler Omnibus by Raymond Chandler, 1st omnibus edition published by Hamish Hamilton (London), a very good copy dedicated by the author to his then landlord. Sold for £7,200
    • 1936 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 1st edition published by Victor Gollancz (London), calf leather novelty binding, very good condition. Sold for £324
    • 1984 A Trick of the Light by Sebastian Faulks, 1st edition published by Bodley Head (London), in very good condition with a similar dust jacket, signed by the author. Sold for £672
    • 1953 Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, true 1st edition published by Jonathan Cape (London), with first issue dust jacket, in very good condition. Sold for £34,400
    • 1955 Moonraker by Ian Fleming, variant issue with 'shoot' correctly spelt on page 10, published by Jonathan Cape. Sold for £3,600
    • 1943 The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene, 1st edition published by William Heinemann (London), with faults, good condition book and jacket. Sold for £912
    • 1999 Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, 1st edition published by Faber & Faber. Sold for £600
    • 1936 Ulysses by James Joyce, limited edition no 722/900, published by John Lane The Bodley Head, bound in green linen buckram, printed on Japon vellum paper, good condition. Sold for £1,008
    • 1960 To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann (London), good condition in a similar dust jacket. Sold for £456
    • 1949 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, 1st edition published by Secker and Warburg (London), very good condition in a good dust jacket. Sold for £2,340
    • 1951 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 2nd edition, 5th impression, with author revisions, published by George Allen & Unwin (London), illustrated, small tears and chips to dust jacket, spine toned. Sold for £2,160
    • 1930 Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, 1st edition published by Chapman and Hall (London), damage at head of spine, restored 1st issue dust jacket. Sold for £7,440
    • 1951 The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, 1st edition published by Michael Joseph (London), signed by the author, very good condition in a good dust jacket. Sold for £5,040
  • Forum Auctions
  • 220 Queenstown Road, London, SW8 4LP. UK
    • 1676 A Chronicle of the Late Intestine War in the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, the Second Edition, to which is added a Continuation to this Present Year 1675 .. by James Heath, contemporary calf, bound by J.C. for Thomas Basset, lacking rear endpaper otherwise in good condition. Sold for £366.80
    • 1703 Poems on Several Occasions: with Valentinian; a Tragedy, by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, printed for Jacob Tonson, good condition lacking rear endpaper. Sold for £170.30
    • 1728 The Memoirs of an English Officer, who serv'd in the Dutch War in 1672 to the Peace of Utrecht in 1713… by Capt. George Carleton (attributed to Daniel Defoe), contemporary calf, 2nd issue, printed for E. Symon, very good condition. Sold for £262
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2018 Heroes by Stephen Fry, 1st edition published by Penguin Books and signed by the author, in mint condition. Sold for £62

22nd January 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1984 Perspectives: Polaroids 1982-1984 by David Sylvian, published by Opium (Arts) Ltd, very good condition in a similar dust jacket. Sold for £133

23rd January 2021

  • Paul Bebb Auctioneer
  • Bishops Castle Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AQ. UK
    • 1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle, published by George Newnes, condition not stated. Sold for £411.40
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1990s Mission Accomplished: The Life and Times of Florence Nagle, 1894-1988 : the Woman who Took on Both the Jockey Club and the Kennel Club, and Won by Ferelith Somerfield, published by Dog World Publications, in very good condition. Sold for £102.80

24th January 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2011 Big Roach by Mark Wintle, by Author Mark Wintle, signed by the author, 1st edition published by M-Press, in mint condition. Sold for £125.01
    • 1995 Waiting for Waddle: A Carp Fishing Odyssey by Phil Thompson, signed by the author and Micky Gray, 1st edition privately published by the author, in good condition with a similar dust jacket. Sold for £255
    • 1967 The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, 1st edition published by Macgibbon & Kee (London), good condition in a good dust jacket. Sold for £103

25th January 2021

  • Stacey's Auctioneers & Valuers
  • 37 Websters Way, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8JQ. UK
    • 1736 Histoire et Description Genreale du Japon, Volume 1, edition and publisher not stated, full leather binding, fair condition. Sold for £297.60
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1993 Horsetrader: Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings by Patrick Robinson and Nick Robinson, 1st edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, very good condition. Sold for £75

26th January 2021

  • Richard Winterton Auctioneers
  • The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8NF. UK
    • 1700s Ovid's Metamorphosis, Englished, Mythologized and Represented in Figures, an Essay to the Translation of Virgil's Aeneis by George Sandys, imprinted at Oxford by John Lichfield, fair condition, spine restored, staining to pages. Sold for £248
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1954 Reach For The Sky: The Story Of Douglas Bader by Paul Brickhill, signed by Douglas Bader, 1st edition published by Collins (London), good condition in a fair dust jacket. Sold for £72
    • 1992 Sponsorship and the World of Motor Racing by Guy Edwards, 1st edition published by Hazleton Publishing, in good condition with a similar slipcase. Sold for £200

27th January 2021

  • Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers
  • The Derby Auction House, Chequers Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 6EN. UK
    • 1987-89 The County Edition of the Great Domesday Book - Domesday Book: Studies, The Surrey Domesday, in two parts: Introduction and Translation [with] Folios & Maps, numbered limited edition 575/1000, three-volume set, published by Alecto Historical Editions, cream cloth over brown-papered boards, Solander box enclosing a stand as issued, in very good condition. Sold for £68.86
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1999 Harry Potter Gift Set, Four J.K. Rowling volumes in a slipcase: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (7th printing), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (7th printing), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8th printing), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (3rd printing), published by Bloomsbury Books (London), in very good condition. Sold for £104