Books expert who got the world talking thanks to his find is heading to Stoke

Posted on 23/07/2018 in Press Coverage

A books and manuscripts expert whose finds have made headlines all over the world is heading to Stoke to value your treasures.

Jim Spencer, head of the books and manuscripts section at Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers, has built a Library Department which is making waves internationally, such is his passion for books.

For example, a sex manual from 1720, which Jim unearthed, sold for £3,100 at Hansons on March 27. It attracted bidders from all over the world after the story made headlines in every corner of the globe.

Jim said: “We have had some incredible successes in the last 12 months and the Georgian sex manual was just one of them. As someone who has always been passionate about books and the printed word, it’s been wonderful to witness.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the people of Stoke and seeing what fascinating items they can unearth.”

Jim will be at Longton Cricket Club, Ripon Road, Blurton, Stoke, on August 2, from 10.30am-3pm, and is looking forward to seeing any antiquarian books, old maps and manuscripts, cigarette cards, old postcards or stamps you may have tucked away in cupboards and drawers.

General antiques, collectables, ceramics, glass, jewellery, watches and silver can also be valued at the free event and consigned to Hansons’ autumn auctions, which include specialist sales for vintage textiles and costume, stamps, postcards and cigarette cards, toys, trains, railwayana, dolls and teddies, sporting memorabilia, cameras and antiquities. The auction house is also inviting entries for its Autumn Fine Art and Jewellery Auction.

Jim Spencer will be at Longton Cricket Club, Ripon Road, Blurton, Stoke, ST3 3BL, on August 2, 10.30am-3pm. Valuations are free but donations are invited for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Stoke. To find out more, call Carol Jones on 07802 839915.

Hansons Auctioneers is based in Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire, DE65 6LS. To find out about all the latest auctions and events, visit