Latest News Articles by Ian McKay
British and Irish book auctions, September 29-October 10, 202028 September 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 29-October 10, 2020.
BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Top quality works…and Trump28 September 2020
Future president’s 'How to Get Rich' is a curious feature of a bumper summer sales week
Monypenny and Mary Queen of Scots make a lively sale28 September 2020
Bid to £1.35m at Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) this summer, as part of a ‘Classic Week’ evening sale of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts of all ages, was a lavishly illustrated Book of Hours attributed to the Master of the Monypenny Breviary and associates.
Dalmations spotted as Dodie Smith books bring demand21 September 2020
Inscribed copies of the works of Dodie Smith were among the attractions of a summer sale held by Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.
British and Irish book auctions: September 22-October 9, 202021 September 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 22-October 9, 2020.
Dickens and Dostoevsky lots attract bids at PBA Galleries sale21 September 2020
Plenty of Dickensian lots were on offer in a sale held by US saleroom PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium).
Sotheby's sells huge set of Egypt volumes housed in a cabinet was once owned by the King of France21 September 2020
Stand-out lot in a travel, map and natural history sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a grand and elaborately cased set of the monumental 'Description de l’Egypte' of 1809-22.
British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 202014 September 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.
Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's14 September 2020
Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance
First edition of Thomas Malthus’ essay on population and first Ethiopian edition of the New Testament leads German auction14 September 2020
Always likely to produce one of the sale’s best results, a 1798 first of Thomas Malthus’ 'Essay on the Principle of Population' duly led the bidding in a recent German sale.
Copy of Proclamation of the Irish Republic takes €190,000 at Whyte’s14 September 2020
In 1916 around 500 copies of the historic ‘Proclamation of the Irish Republic’ were printed, of which today just 30 or so survivors are recorded.
Snail Syrup for anyone?07 September 2020
Bid to €10,000 (£9100) in a timed online sale at Fonsie Mealy (25/20% buyers premium) this summer was a two-volume collection of medical and other receipts compiled by Mrs Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826).
Another Edison light bulb moment07 September 2020
Appropriately enough, the very first lot offered in a sale called Eureka! was one that focused on scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, was an autograph manuscript of seven pages of annotated design drawings by Thomas Edison relating to his work on light bulbs.
British and Irish book auctions: September 8-19, 202007 September 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 8-19, 2020.
Cosmographica print pioneer07 September 2020
Manuscript was brought to Italy from Constantinople and later printed in Vicenza
First auction appearance for work by missionary who opened up Chinese language31 August 2020
Robert Morrison, a protestant missionary, pioneer sinologist and author of several works on the Chinese language as well as a translator, has been called the ‘Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature’.
Newton with musical support31 August 2020
Mathematical work makes £300,000 in auction where composers also feature heavily
British and Irish book auctions: September 1-16, 202031 August 2020
ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 1-16, 2020.
Rich variety of printed material sold in Cornwall auction31 August 2020
Extensively interleaved with scholarly notes and running to over 700pp, a Japanese and English Dictionary compiled by JC Hepburn was a notable rarity in a Cornish summer sale.
Scottish play opens in NY24 August 2020
Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.