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18.06.17. Thomson Roddick Auctioneers sale on Wednesday 21st June will include: A 1st edition of Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, in dustwrapper, 1953. 120 lots of books, ephemera and prints on the performing arts (theatre, variety, circus, magic, dance & film), being the stock & collection of the late Anne Fitzsimons. 40 lots, the final part of the library of a late academic (philosopy, history, theology & literature). Polar works including 4 vol. ltd. ed. reprint of The South Polar Times, 2002 & 2010. Ornithology including a collection of Poyser publications in d.w`s. North of England & Scottish topography & the usual wide selection of other lots on many subjects.  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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