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19.05.19. Eleven volumes of the Francis Blomefield's life work that offer a fascinating glimpse into Norfolk's past have exceeded the estimate after being sold at auction in Diss. The rare calf-bound volumes, dating from 1805 to 1810, complete with their engraved illustrations and folding maps, being sold by Diss local historian Dennis Cross, sold for £750, more than the £400-£600 estimate, at TW Gaze sale rooms ... 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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