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19.01.15. Lot 44 in Lyon & Turnbull's Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs auction on January 28th is a rare copy of the first Oor Wullie annual. Watkins, Dudley D. Oor Wullie annual. London, Manchester & Dundee: D.C. Thomson & Co., [1940]. First annual produced, 4to, 96 pages, original printed wrappers showing Wullie sat on his trademark bucket, some chipping, soiling and dampstaining to covers and spine, some interior dampstaining and darkening, mainly marginal. Estimate £ 800-1,200.  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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