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10 top Library Auction lots - chosen by books expert Jim Spencer

Posted on 09/06/2021 in Press Coverage

Here Jim Spencer, Hansons’ Associate Director and Head of Books and Works on Paper, picks out 10 of his favourite lots coming up for auction in our June 15 Library Auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire. Bidding is well under way and you can browse the catalogue now.

Top 10 Library Lots


Lot 117

1. Lot 117: A scrapbook album compiled by W. P. Granville, electrical engineer, including two autograph letters signed by Sir George Simpson, meteorologist for Captain Scott's Antarctic Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913. £1,000-2,000. Learn more

2. Lot 118: Roald Dahl autograph letter to a student, 1989. £500-800. Learn more


Lot 118.

3. Lot 29: Biblia Latina, fragment [Book of Job] from Latin Bible, printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger, c.1475. £1,500-2,500

4. Lot 34: A single leaf printed in 1484 by William Caxton - the person who introduced printing in England. £300-500



5. Lot 80: Atlas, by John Thomson, c.1817. Featuring 64 sheets of hand-coloured, copper-engraved maps. £700-1,000

6. Lot 115: A bizarre manuscript account of the theatrical exploits of John Cole (1792-1848), disastrous bookseller, publisher and antiquary. £100-200

7. Lot 123A: Francis Bacon-signed Tate exhibition catalogue, 1985. £800-1,200

Lot 3

8. Lot 3: Order of service for the funeral of Sir John Everett Millais PRA (1829-1896), painter and founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. £80-120

9. Lot 24: Fifth edition of John Bunyan's A Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publican, c.1706. Very scarce. £80-120

10. Lot 89: Celestial Atlas, by John Flamsteed, 1776. £300-500

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