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Defective Copy - selected rambings of a book junkie

 Book Auctions

The Book Auction Diary - the only diary of UK auctions containing secondhand, rare and antiquarian books, ephemera, photographs, and works on paper.  Add your auction here.  


22.07.17. The contents of a Wellington bookshop are among thousands of books up for auction at Charterhouse on Thursday 27th July ... more  Add a comment

21.07.17. A rare first edition of a Beatrix Potter book is to go up for auction in North Yorkshire next month. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes is set for sale in Tennants' Book, Maps and Ephemera Auction at the auction house in Leyburn on August 2 with an estimated guide price of £800 to £1,200. The volume, complete in its original dust wrapper, is said by the auction house to be in "exceptionally good" condition ... 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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