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Book prices achieved at auction recently, antiquarian and collectible books.

Auctions are a great way to buy old books. Whether you're looking for something which costs a couple of pounds or a book selling for thousands, there will be an auction house to satisfy your needs. Recent Auction Prices will be a regular feature on There will be no great focus on any particular auctions, books or price ranges, just a periodic selection to whet your appetite.

Auction houses aren't always the best when it comes to describing the condition of books - I will include any comments when noted - but if you're thinking of buying from auction, it always pays to either look at the item closely, if you can, or to ask the auction for more detailed information and photographs, if you are distance buying.

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

13th January 2021

  • Jones & Jacob
  • Watcombe Manor Saleroom, Ingham Lane, Watlington, Oxfordshire. OX49 5EJ (UK)
    • 1976 Tyndale New Testament 1526, limited edition, published by Paradine Developments number 10/250, facsimile copy with tooled leather binding, in VG condition. Sold for £462.08
    • 1861 The Capital of the Tycoon, A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in Japan, by Sir Rutherford Alcock, 2 vols, illustrated, publisher not stated, maps missing. Sold for £182.40

14th January 2021

  • Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers
  • The Derby Auction House, Chequers Road, Derby, Derbyshire. DE21 6EN (UK)
    • 1824 Gray's New Book of Roads, The Tourist and Traveller's Guide to the Roads of England and Wales, and Part of Scotland, on an Entirely New Plain by George Carrington Gray, printed for Sherwood, Jones, and Company, with forty-nine maps (some fold out) and a hand coloured engraved fold out map frontispiece, 20th century brown morocco binding by Graham Bloodworth and two armorial bookplates. Sold for £125.40
    • 1817 The Philosophy of Arithmetic; Exhibiting a Progressive View of the Theory and Practice of Calculation, with an Enlarged Table of the Products of Numbers Under One Hundred by John Leslie, first edition presentation copy signed and inscribed to James Stodart by the author, printed by Abernethy & Walker (Edinburgh) with fold out multiplication tables, bound in original publisher's boards. Sold for £175.56
  • Mellors and Kirk
  • The Auction House, Gregory Street, Nottingham. NG7 2NL (UK)
    • 1764 The Peerage of Scotland, Containing An Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility Of That Kingdom by Robert Douglas, 1st edition printed by R. Fleming, with ten engraved armorial plates, bound in half calf (with two other unspesified volumes). Sold for £139.04
  • Wilson55 Auctioneers & Valuers
  • Victoria Gallery, Market Street, Nantwich, Cheshire. CW5 5DG (UK)
    • 1821 Sardanapulus - a Tragedy: The Two Foscari a Tragedy: Cain a Mystery by Lord Byron, three bound together, publisher not stated - believed to be John Murray (London), half calf binding with raised bands to spine. Sold for £88.48
    • 1910 The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the 'Old French', retold by A.T Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, date not stated believed 1910, light wear to boards. Sold for £214.88
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1962 The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming, 1st UK edition published by Jonathan Cape, in very good condition with a good dust jacket. Sold for £227

15th January 2021

  • Sportingold Limited
  • Unit 7, Ministry Wharf, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4HW (UK)
    • 1934 Herbert Chapman On Football, published by Garrick Publishing Company, with original dust jacket, signed by Joe Shaw, good condition some loss to the dust jacket. Sold for £192.64
    • 1899 WG - Cricketing Reminiscences & Personal Recollections by W.G. Grace, first edition published by James Bowden, illustrated boards, good condition. Sold for £60.20
    • 1970/1 and 1971/2 Rothmans Football Yearbooks, first two issues in hardcovers, good condition. Sold for £78.26
  • David Duggleby Auctioneers & Valuers
  • The Vine Street Salerooms, Vine St, Scarborough YO11 1XN (UK)
    • 1939 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, condensed volume published by Hurst and Blackett, cloth binding, lacking front free endpaper and with some pencil highlights in text. Sold for £186

16th January 2021

  • Christian Hesse Auktionen
  • Osterbekstraße 86 A, Hamburg, 22083, Germany
    • 1927 Ulysses by James Joyce, 1st German edition translated by Georg Goyert, in three volumes, privately printed edition of 1,000 copies, printed by Rhein-Verlag in Basel, original half leather binding. Sold for £411
    • 1957 The Short Reign of Pippin IV. A Fabrication by John Steinbeck, first edition published by Viking Press (USA), signed by the author on the title page, with original dust jacket which is in fair condition. Sold for £480
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie, 1st Collins Crime Club edition, good condition. Sold for £340.10

20th January 2021

  • Dominic Winter
  • Mallard House, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Cirencester. GL7 5UQ (UK)
    • 1651 Astræa, or, True Love’s Myrrour. A Pastoral by Leonard Willan, printed by R. White for Henry Cripps, nineteenth century calf binding, good condition, some cracking to the joints. Sold for £272.80
    • 1612 Textes of Scripture, Chayning the Holy Chronicle Untill the Sunne Lost His Light, and the Sonne Brake the Serpentes Head… by Hugh Broughton, printed by W. White (London), half calf nineteenth century binding, light dampstaining. Sold for £595.20
    • 1652 The English Physitian: or An Astrologo-Physical Discourse of the Vulgar Herbs of this Nation. Being a Compleat Method of Physick, whereby a man may preserve his Body in Health; or cure himself, being sick, for three pence charge, with such things only as grow in England, they being most fit for English Bodes by Nicholas Culpeper, 1st edition printed by Peter Cole, various faults noted. Sold for £669.60
    • 1644 A Military Sermon, wherein by the word of God, the nature and disposition of a Rebell is discovered, and the Kings true Souldier described and Characterized: Preached at Shrewsbury, March 3. 1643 to His Majesties Army there under the Command of the High and most Illustrious Prince Rupert, by Edward Symmons, printed in Oxford by Henry Hall, bound in 19/20th century half morocco, some worm holes. Sold for £719.20
    • 1685 A True Account and Declaration of the Horrid Conspiracy against the Late King, His present Majesty, and the Government: as it was Order'd to be Published by His Late Majesty, by Thomas Sprat, printed by T. Newcomb, bound with others. Sold for £372
    • 1718 An Historical Essay concerning Witchcraft. With Observation upon Matters of Fact; tending to clear the Texts of the Sacred Scriptures, and confute the vulgar Errors about that Point. And also Two Sermons: One in Proof of the Christian Religion; The other concerning the Good and Evil Angels, by Francis Hutchinson, 1st edition printed in London by R. Knaplock & D. Midwinter, contemporary calf binding with some rubbing and joint cracking, front free endpaper absent. Sold for £793.60
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1967 ‘Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book’ by Tasha Tudor, 1st UK edition published by Lutterworth Press, in very good condition. Sold for £45