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11.08.17. A rare collection of letters, autographs, drawings and writing by famous figures of the Victorian and Regency era is going under the hammer at the Lacy Scott & Knight auction rooms on September 9. They include examples from Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott and George, the Prince Regent. Lacy Scott and Knight book consultant Guy Pratt, who catalogued the collection, said: "I have never seen anything quite like this, and I probably never will again ... 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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