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Latest auction prices for books including works by A.A. Milne, Felix Salten, Charles Darwin, T.E. Lawrence, Capt. W.E. Johns, Georgette Heyer, Percy Bisshe Shelley, Edmund Dulac and others.

Continuing this series of recent prices achieved for books at auction, I'm covering the period here from 28th January to 3rd February 2021. Included are works by A.A. Milne, Felix Salten, Charles Darwin, T.E. Lawrence, Capt. W.E. Johns, Georgette Heyer, Percy Bisshe Shelley, Edmund Dulac and others.

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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.

28th January 2021

  • Forum Auctions
  • 220 Queenstown Road, London, SW8 4LP (UK)
    • 1859 Guide des armées alliés en Chine ou dialogues sur les reconnaisances militaires en trois langues: Français, Anglais, Chinois avec la prononciation figurée du Chinois, suivi d'un vocabulaire Chinois, Français, Anglais by Dabry de Thiersant (Claude Philibert), 1st edition published by Henri Plon & W.O. Mitchell, contemporary red morocco binding, bound for the soldier and politician Jacques Louis César Alexandre, comte Randon (1795-1871), very good condition. Sold for £1,048
  • John Nicholson's
  • The Auction Rooms, Longfield, Midhurst Road, Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 3HA (UK)
    • 1966 Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe by A. Kenneth Snowman, signed copy of the first edition published in the UK by Faber & Faber, very good condition in a similar dust jacket. Sold for £32.50
  • Clevedon Salerooms
  • The Auction Centre, Kenn Road, Kenn, Clevedon, Bristol, BS21 6TT (UK)
    • 1911 The Sensitive Plant by Percy Bysshe Shelley and illustrated by Charles Robinson, believed 1st edition in this format published by William Heinemann/J. B. Lippincott Co, good condition. Sold for £82.16
  • Special Auction Services
  • Baylies Hall, Tower Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1NB (UK)
    • 1998 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling, signed 1st UK edition paperback, published by Bloomsbury Publishing plc, in very good condition, toned pages. Sold for £1,050
  • Lay's Auctioneers Limited
  • The Penzance Auction House, Alverton, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4RE (UK)
    • 1958 Heads, Figures and Ideas by Henry Moore with a comment by Geoffrey Grigson, published by George Rainbird Curwen Press, with an embossed signature, very good condition in a fair dust jacket. Sold for £231.04
  • Flints Auctions Ltd
  • 8 Rivermead, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4EP (UK)
    • 1851 Surgical Anatomy by Joseph MacLise,1st American edition published Blanchard and Lea, with 68 lithographic plates, bound in full calf, good condition. Sold for £279.40
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 2003 Boxed Set Of Illustrated Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Books, illustrated by Christopher Brown, 1st edition in this format, published by the Folio Society, fine condition, Sold for £112

29th January 2021

  • Tennants Auctioneers
  • The Auction Centre, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG (UK)
    • 1962 Jacques Callot, Catalogue Complet de son Oevre Dessine by Daniel Ternoisa, a catalogue of Callot's drawings, believed to be 1st French edition published by Chez F. De Nobele, in very good condition. Sold for £72.60
    • 1909 Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, believed to be 1st UK edition published by Hodder & Stoughton, original cream cloth binding with gilt decoration, in very good condition. Sold for £84.70
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1982 The Making Of The Muppets Show: Of Muppets And Men by Christopher Finch, believed to be 1st UK edition published by Muppet Press/Random House, in fine condition with similar dust jacket. Sold for £62

30th January 2021

  • Michael J. Bowman
  • Chudleigh Town Hall, Market Way, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 0HL (UK)
    • 1964 The Audubon Folio with text by George Dock jnr, containing 30 plates, believed to be 1st US edition published by Harry N. Abrams, in good condition with similar dust jacket. Sold for £30.25
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1968 Best of Both Worlds by George Best (footballer), 1st UK edition, 2nd impression, published by Pelham Books and signed by the footballer, good condition in a good dust jacket. Sold for £114.56
    • 1959 Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, 1st UK edition published by Jonathan Cape and signed by Ian Fleming on the front free end paper, book and dust jacket both in "near" fine condition. Sold for £16,600

31st January 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1943 The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer, 1st UK paperback edition published by Penguin Books, in good condition. Sold for £138.57

1st February 2021

  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1965 Biggles Looks Back by Capt W.E. Johns and illustrated by Leslie Stead, 1st UK edition published by Hodder & Stoughton, in very good condition with similar dust jacket, library stamp inside. Sold for £56.01
    • 1964 On The Heights by Walter Bonatti, 1st UK edition published by Rupert Hart-Davis, very good condition in a good dust jacket. Sold for £63.99

2nd February 2021

  • Gildings Auctioneers
  • The Mill, Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7DE (UK)
    • 1898 Philips General Atlas of the World, published in the UK by George Philips, bound in quarter calf, in good condition. Sold for £93
  • Brettells Auctioneers and Valuers
  • Auction Rooms, Rear of 58 High Street, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7AQ (UK)
    • 1929 Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon, 1st illustrated edition published in the UK by Faber & Faber Ltd, very good condition, no dust jacket. Sold for £55.26
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1880 The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: A New Text, with Illustrative Notes by Thomas Wright, 1st US edition in this format published by John Wurtele Lovell, decorative Victorian stylised boards, in fine condition. Sold for £87.94

3rd February 2021

  • Nesbits Auctions Ltd
  • 7 Clarendon Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 2ED (UK)
    • 1935 Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence, 1st UK general circulation edition published by Jonathan Cape, good condition in a fair dust jacket. Sold for £65.45
  • British Bespoke Auctions
  • The Old Boys' School, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5EE (UK)
    • 1823 The Christian Philosopher by Thomas Dick, published in the UK by Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, in very good condition. Sold for £192
  • Halls Fine Art Auctioneers
  • Halls Holdings House, Bowmen Way, Shrewsbury, SY4 3DR (UK)
    • 1860 On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin, 2nd edition, publisher not stated, cloth binding, bookplate for Charles Jenner to front paste down, good condition. Sold for £3,567
    • 1965 Uniforms of the Royal Navy During the Napoleonic Wars by John Mollo, 1st UK edition published by Hugh Evelyn, very good condition in a fair dust jacket. Sold for £67.65
  • Ebay UK (online auction)
    • 1926 Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne, 1st UK edition published by Methuen & Co, fine condition in a facsimile dust jacket. Sold for £565
    • 1928 Bambi: A Life In The Woods by Felix Salten, 1st American edition published by Simon and Schuster, "re-bound with original front cover and spine at the rear of the book", very good condition. Sold for £250