Books, Manuscripts and Maps

Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions.
Sold for £44,500

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Bloomsbury Auctions, the world leading auction house, specialises in the sale of rare books and manuscripts, ranging from Incunabula (books printed before 1500) through to Modern First Editions (such as James Bond and Harry Potter).

With regular auctions throughout the year, our auction calendar comprises general sales (offering a variety of subjects and price-ranges), private collections, and more specialist sales with emphasis on specific areas of interests.

Since our inception we have handled numerous important collections at auction, such as the Yablon collection of Hebraica, many Angling libraries including those of George Miskin, Jeffrey Norton and David Beazley, the Weinreb Computer collection, the library of Egyptologist Ricardo Caminos and that of the Orientalist, David Loman. Consignments from America include the libraries of the late Alan Fortunoff, Samuel & Marie Louise Rosenthal and Margaret and Stanley Winkelman, all covering the book beautiful, from early printed books to modern private Press.

Market leaders in handling entire properties, we sold the Collection of Laurence W. Hodson for £1.3 million, with the library alone making over £875,700. The Antiques Trade Gazette called it the ‘best private press sale for years’, with the top lot, Arthur Joseph Gaskin's The Annunciation, reaching a price of £54,600.

Our Important Books and Manuscripts auctions are a corner stone of the books buying world and attract an international audience eager to add important literary works to their collections. Since its founding in 1983, Bloomsbury Auctions has done its utmost to maintain the highest standard of professional service to buyers and vendors alike. Our specialists are always on hand to assist clients with information on prices, upcoming sales, bibliographical information and market trends as well as advising on the formation or development of a collection.

Where required, we will arrange off-site valuations and collection. With our wealth of collective experience and passion for books, we can be of assistance to you, whether you are a first-time buyer, vendor or impassioned bibliophile.

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Contact our specialists in this discipline

Timothy Bolton

Dr Timothy Bolton
Head of Western Manuscripts and Miniatures

Camilla Previt

Camilla Previté
Joint-Head of Western Manuscripts and Miniatures

Roxana Kashani

Roxana Kashani
Head of Islamic Manuscripts and Miniatures

Robert Hall

Robert Hall
Consultant, Prints, Pictures, Maps & Atlases

Michael Heseltine

Michael Heseltine
Performing Arts and Juvenilia