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30.11.16. The highlight of Sothebys Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts sale on December 6th is The Bute Book of Hours, an exceptional English manuscript from the Berger Collection, one of the most important private collections of British art formed in the 20th Century. Named for a previous owner, the Marquess of Bute, it is one of the most extraordinary English Books of Hours to have survived the Reformation ... 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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