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27.03.15. A copy of Darwin's On The Origin of Species has fetched £98,500 at auction - almost £40,000 more than expected. Simon Roberts, a senior valuer in the Book and Manuscript department at Bonhams, said:"Copies of On the Origin of Species in this condition are highly sought-after, even without any special inscription or association, and copies of the first edition have been known to make over £100,000, although the usual figure is around£30,000 to £60,000" ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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