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26.04.16. A remarkable and large leather-bound presentation album of eighty etchings engraved by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is expected to fetch £30,000-50,000 at Dominic Winter on 11th May. The album was presented by Queen Victoria to her friend Sir Theodore Martin, the official biographer of her beloved husband Prince Albert ... 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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