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31.10.14. Highlights of Sotheby's Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History sale on November 4th include a first Ulm edition of Ptolemy's Cosmographia (1482), a first edition of Catesby's The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1731-1743), Prince Alexis Soltykoff's Voyage dans l'Inde (elephant folio, c.1850), and General Allenby's copy of T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom (one of 170 complete copies, 1926).  Add a comment

27.10.14. It is with great sadness we announce that Dominic Winter passed away peacefully at home on Monday 20th October ... 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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