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Peter Harrington Gallery of Chelsea has an exhibition of limited edition linocuts, etchings and lithographs, ceramics and books signed by Pablo Picasso, running from March 19th to April 13th. Highlights include: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, 1934 first and limited edition, first printing, number 1,103 of 1,500 copies signed by Picasso. This finely produced work features Picasso’s sensitive line drawings, which carefully “capture the braggadocio of both the men and women in the play”. Priced at £5,750. Portrait...

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The Book Illustration Competition 2019 has announced the winners from a record field of over 500 entries. This year, The Folio Society and House of Illustration challenged illustrators to produce cover and internal designs for the classic Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Marie-Alice Harel of Edinburgh was announced as the winner of £5,000 and a prestigious commission to illustrate the Folio Society’s forthcoming edition of Howl’s Moving Castle. She was presented with the award at an...

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The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s (ABA) annual flagship event Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair returns for its 62nd year and will be held from 7th-9th June in Battersea Park. It is one of the world’s largest independent marketplaces for rare and out-of-print books. More than 150 exhibitors from around the world will showcase rare, unique and unusual works including signed first editions, maps, museum-quality manuscripts, art and ephemera. Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair at...

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Annie Leibovitz, Steve Martin, Graydon Carter, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paul Roth, TASCHEN, $5,000 (Art Edition) $2,500 (Collector’s Edition). In this impressively sized volume (measuring in at 476 pages and 50cm x 69cm), Leibovitz follows in the footsteps of Helmut Newton to be asked by Taschen to create a monograph for the publisher’s SUMO series. Compiled by Leibovitz herself in a process that took several years, the publication features over 250 photographs spanning Leibovitz’s 40-year career,...

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Once upon a time in America: Rediscovering the first color photographs of the New World. These rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images from the private collection of Marc Walter were produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924. Using a photolithographic process that predated the autochrome by nearly 20 years, they offered people the very first color photographs of The United States. Suddenly, the continent’s colors were available for all to see. The rich...

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In the world of children’s books, classics old and new can bring us all a sense of nostalgia. In good condition, these same books can also command high prices as a result of significant collector interest.  The books we read as children can be an early and lasting influence on the rest of our lives. Old favourites stay with us, either on our shelves, or vividly in our memories, and they are probably the very...

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The auction of one of only 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book – the first book printed in what is now the United States of America – set a new world auction record for any printed book when it sold for $14.2 million. This price is well in excess of the previous auction record for a printed book, established in December 2010 at Sotheby’s London when a copy of John James Audubon’s Birds...

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Signed books from George Washington’s library June 5, New York Auctioning the collection of George Washington at Sotheby’s New York, The Library of a Distinguished American Book Collector sold for $4,891,634 within pre-sale estimates. This was led by seven books from Washington’s Mount Vernon Library, all with his bold signature on their title pages and his bookplate which achieved $1,205,000. This was the largest group of books from Washington’s library to appear in a single...

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A profile of the international Bloomsbury auction house with Rupert Powell, managing director. Bloomsbury Auctions was founded in 1983 by a triumvirate of ex-Sotheby’s employees from the book department. Back then, Sotheby’s attitude was that books of small value, under £300, were not worth handling, but there were certainly plenty of people who were interested in books worth less than £300—John Kerr, Frank Herrmann and David Stagg among them. In the financial downturn of 1981-82...

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A sale of a unique collection of cookbooks made the headlines in July 2013, while a soft toy menagerie delights collectors. July 2013 saw a feast of cookbooks come up for sale at Sotheby’s, in one of the most remarkable specialist books sales for many years. It was a remarkable both for the breadth of cookery topics covered, the age range of these culinary compendiums (from the sixteenth to the twentieth century), and for the...

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