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Antiquarian Auctions specializes on selling rare books. It was set up by antiquarian bookseller Paul Mills, who has been an active dealer in the international rare book trade for over 35 years and is a member of rare book trade associations such as ABA, ILAB and SABDA and various international rare book organizations and collectors clubs. The site was developed and is run by a team with over 10 years of experience in the international book trade as well as experience in live bidding technology and digital marketing. It has a proven track record of successfully running rare book internet auctio...Read More
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    US Auction #3

    The upcoming Antiquarian Auctions sale includes vintage books and manuscripts. Also offered are several artistic works, portraits, photographs, and other ephemera of interest to the book-minded collector. Leading the auction are original typescripts of articles and items related to Winston Churchill (also known as “Churchilliana”). One item of interest is a typescript written by Churchill for a Hearst newspaper article. The piece comments on George Bernard Shaw and Lady Astor’s visit to Moscow and their interactions with Joseph Stalin. The article offers a scathing criticism of the visit (Churchill describes Shaw as “the World’s most famous intellectual Clown and Pantaloon”) and includes handwritten corrections. Beyond Churchilliana, there is also a limited edition print of Franz Kafka’s Dreams, Diaries, and Fragments by Four Winds Fine Art. Just over 100 of these prints were created, and the available lot includes etchings by Robert Andrew Parker. The 12 plates are all inscribed by the artist, and this set was once in Parker’s personal collection. Further items in the sale include original photographs and postcards from the march of Pancho Villa, an early golf instruction manual, an original stick-figure drawing by Jean Cocteau, and more. View any of these lots and register to bid on Antiquarian Auctions. 

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    US Auction #2

    The upcoming US Auction #2 will include a selection of rare books and manuscripts, offered by Antiquarian Auctions. One of the featured works from popular culture is a copy of Gremlins by Roald Dahl in association with Walt Disney Productions. This lot was once owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower and includes his signature on the front free endpaper. This is the first book by Dahl and his only in association with Disney. Another popular culture item up for bid is the original artwork for a commemorative piece titled F UN 50 Cartoon Book. This was produced for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. Though this book was never published, some of the cartoons were previously released elsewhere.  An older lot available in the sale is a first edition, first printing copy of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. The first two volumes of this edition were published in Brussels a few days before the Paris version. A first edition copy of Webster’s dictionary, the Winchester edition of The Novels of Jane Austen, and early copies of Shakespeare’s complete works will be available as well. View any of these lots and register to bid on LiveAuctioneers. 

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    Auction # 77

    In the technological era where individuals are mostly tech-savvy than a book enthusiast, the sale of rare books may seem like a bygone trend. However, with almost everything digitalized, people have discerned that books are far more than just printed texts- they are history. Featuring an extensive collection of rare books, Auction #77 is held by Antiquarian Auctions. The sale offers a number of books by Modernist authors, including the stories of adventure by John Boyes. One of the African pioneer adventurers, Boyes lived through more thrilling escapades than most men have in fiction. John Campbell’s book entitled “Travel in South Africa” is one of the valuables of the auction with hand colored aquatint frontispiece in each volume. The element of appeal amongst the lots does not end here, as the jewel of the crown is “Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa” written by Captain Harris. In 1836, Harris set out to travel in northern directions and so the book is based around his sketches of game and wild animals that he encountered in his journey.  It is the highest estimated lot at $8,000. Find more information on Antiquarian Auctions.

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    Rare Book Auction

    The Rare Book Auction offered by Antiquarian Auctions has over 300 lots of collectible books and maps. One of the most modern, nonetheless, notable lots is a first edition copy of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Published by Viking Press in 1957, On The Road was the defining text of the Beat Generation, a movement that influenced art, politics, and culture in America after World War II. Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes, Robert Frost is known as America’s most decorated poets. His works are compiled in The Complete Poems of Robert Frost which was the 743rd copy of the Limited Editions Club in 1950. Besides books are several maps with a large estimated value. Among them is L’Africa Divisia by Vincenzo Coronelli, which was the first map to show the origin of the Blue Nile. Published in 1570, another notable example is Africae Tabula Nova which, at that time, offered the most accurate look at the African continent. Those interested in any of these lots can view and register to bid on Antiquarian Auction’s website.