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The Book Auction Diary - the only diary of UK auctions containing secondhand, rare and antiquarian books, ephemera, photographs, and works on paper.  Add your auction here.  


11.01.17. A magnificent collection of more than a 1,000 signatures from iconic  historical figures  from the past five centuries - from Charles Dickens  to the Duke of Wellington to the First Men on the Moon to Buffalo Bill and Harry Houdini will be offered by auctioneers Campbells on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Estimates range from £50 to £1,000, with the earliest signature from the 1st Duke of Marlborough dating from 1697.  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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