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Printed Books & Manuscripts

Chiswick Auctions’ Printed Books & Manuscripts Department offers a variety of material from early printed works (15th-18th Century), to medieval and early modern manuscripts, to modern first editions of fiction. The department also handles maps, ephemera, autographs, prints and works on paper. Hosting multiple sales throughout the year, the department holds additional sales of private collections such as the Henry Blofeld sale which featured books and cricket memorabilia from the famed commentator’s personal library, as well as books from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame (1925-2011), an important Italian industrialist and avid collector of scientific books and prints.

Past highlights include a selection of Wisden Cricket guides which included the rare 1896 and 1897 hardbacks and sold for £23,000 and a copy of La Revolution Surrealiste, signed by a number of well known figures including Picasso and Magritte which sold for £8,200. One of the most interesting specialist collections handled by the department was the John Lyle collection, which featured signed books from leading lights of the Surrealist Movement, by the likes of Artaud and Renee Crevel.

Forthcoming Auction

28th March
The Warrens Library to include a Collection of Fine Books, Prints and Maps
Autographs & Memorabilia to include a Collection of Margaret Thatcher Letters, Books and Ephemera

29th March
Books from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame, part II

Entries are now invited for the following sales:

17th May
Printed Books & Manuscripts to include Modern First & Limited Editions

12th July
Travel, Natural History & Sporting

Please contact the department for a complimentary valuation or to discuss the market.


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