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28.08.14. Lot 285 in Lyon & Turnbull's Rare Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale on 10th September is a long run of the Zoological Society of London Proceedings. It comprises years: 1831-1839, 1841-1847, 1863, 1866, 1871-1872, 1875, 1877, 1879-1880, 1885-1919, 1921, 1946-1965 (various bindings, many with bookplates and stamps of Robert Washington Oates, or with Holmesdale Natural History Club stamps); with a selection of parts between 1860 and 1946 (predominantly in original wrappers, several with Perth Museum stamps); many engraved plates, many hand-coloured. Estimated Price: £1,500 - £2,000.  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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