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20.10.17. A rare manuscript detailing the prize money granted for the Battle of Waterloo and capture of Paris in 1815 is expected to sell for more than £2,000 when it comes up for auction at Halls' auction in Shrewsbury on October 25th. Running to 70 pages, the manuscript is written in a neat secretarial hand and contains detailed numbers of all the troops of Britain, The Netherlands, Hanover and Brunswick that fought in the battle. For example, Britain had 753 captains and 42,540 rank and file ... 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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