The Book Department encompasses a broad range of collecting areas from early antiquarian books to modern first editions, which are sold alongside illustrations, private press, manuscripts, maps and atlases, early photographs, autographed letters and historic documents.
Held four times a year, the specialist Book sales incorporate both private collections and libraries, and single lots from vendors across the United Kingdom.
Notable recent sales include an album of spectacular 18th and 19th century botanical watercolours, including examples by George Dionysus Ehret and Ferdinand Bauer, which sold for £170,000. The department was also chosen to handle a collection of 150 original illustrations for Ladybird books by artist and illustrator John Berry. The collection was sold over two sales and achieved a total hammer price for the collection of £17,550.
Antiquarian books are also sold in the Country House Sales, and quantities of books are regularly sold in the fortnightly Antiques and Interiors Sales.
A Spectacular Collection of 18th & 19th Century Botanical WatercoloursSold for £170,000
Ransome (Arthur) Swallows & Amazons, 1930, Cape, first editionSold for £7,000
Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1997, Bloomsbury, first edition, first issueSold for £13,000
Saviero Xavier Della Gatta (Italian, 1777-1829) Costumi Italiani, c1818, twenty-two mounted illustrations of Italian provincial costumesSold for £7,800
Rocque (John) A Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, and Borough of SouthwarkSold for £9,500