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Book lovers enjoy antique books for their impact on history and culture and thought-provoking contents. Vintage books may also be adored for their physical characteristics, such as the artwork on an original cover or for notes made in the margin by the creator or a famous person. A Salvador Dali "Alice in Wonderland" book for sale is valued for its illustrations by the famous painter and its originality. A biography of Queen Victoria titled "Queen Victoria from Her Birth to Her Bridal" is rare and interesting because of the disapproving notes scribbled in the margin by Queen Victoria herself. Similarly, these little discrepancies also make antique maps and rare manuscripts valuable.

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NINETEENTH-CENTURY CARVED BOOK SLIDE

September 28, 2016, 10:30 AM BST
Moneygall, Ireland

€70 (starting bid)

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REGENCY PERIOD MAHOGANY BOOK STAND

September 28, 2016, 10:30 AM BST
Moneygall, Ireland

€70 (starting bid)

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<sup>Y</sup> ASPREY & CO. BOULLE MARQUETRY REFERENCE BOOK TROUGH EARLY 20TH CENTURY 20cm wide, 16cm deep, 19cm high

September 28, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

£440 (starting bid)

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Jean DUMONT, Baron de CARLSCROON (1667-1727)  Jan Van HUCHTENBURG (1646-173

September 28, 2016, 1:45 PM CET
Paris, France

€2,000 (starting bid)

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Nicolas-François REGNAULT (1743-1810 ?)  LA BOTANIQUE MISE À LA PORTÉE DE T

September 28, 2016, 1:45 PM CET
Paris, France

€2,800 (starting bid)

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Sous la Direction de Jean CASSOU (1897-1986)  VINGT FABLES DE LA FONTAINE

September 28, 2016, 1:45 PM CET
Paris, France

€500 (starting bid)

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COLLECTIF  LE LIVRE D?ÉROS-ÉROS ET LES MOTS  Recueil de poèmes notamment pa

September 28, 2016, 1:45 PM CET
Paris, France

€200 (starting bid)

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Giovanni BOCCACIO, dit BOCCACE ( 1313-1375 )  LE DÉCAMÉRON  Illustrations p

September 28, 2016, 1:45 PM CET
Paris, France

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Sophie ROSTOPCHINE, COMTESSE DE SÉGUR ( 1799-1874 )  LES PETITES FILLES MOD

September 28, 2016, 1:45 PM CET
Paris, France

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MUNNINGS, Alfred James (1878-1959).  A HIGHLY IMPORTANT PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED ARCHIVE of c.60 autograph, typed or typescript letters and telegrams, by A. J. Munnings, dated between 1931 and 1952, on paper variously headed
MUNNINGS, Alfred James (1878-1959).  A HIGHLY IMPORTANT PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED ARCHIVE of c.60 autograph, typed or typescript letters and telegrams, by A. J. Munnings, dated between 1931 and 1952, on paper variously headed "Garrick Club", "The Athenaeum", "Castle House, Dedham" or "The Grange, Withypool". The autograph letters are addressed, in the majority of cases, to "My dear Professor [Bodkin]", or to "My dear Mortlock". The following is a selection of quotations from the autograph letters, principally to Thomas Bodkin (see below): "You are a brave man to criticise Herbert Read in review. He certainly is worse than a menace. It is difficult to imagine anyone reading him - Will there never be any more good sound men writing about art?" (from a part-letter); discussing two Dutch (presumably Old Master) portraits: "But - if you can, do buy them. I could go on for ever about them. I've never seen such perfection or a better painted portrait than the exquisite one of the lady ... takes you back right into the the past & days when things were done well. Do see them ... Only £1500. Half the price of a blasted Piccasso[sic]! What is the world coming to?"; "The book is out ... 'Addled Art' by Sir Lionel Lindsay ... By God, spread it"; "You can't miss those [?]two portraits. They are more powerful in sentiment & flavour & condition than anything at The Barber Institute I'm sure. Franz Hals is one thing but this man is another. How he painted them [illegible word], who guided his hand & gave him the genius, alone knows. Birmingham would a million richer[sic] in their possession. They are so beautiful & sincere & breathe the life of the past & church organs & all that"; "You said you were afraid of Piccasso[sic] ... that he was a menace - well, the press on him is - but to hell with him. He never was a good artist. One of a [?]group of the best [?]legpullers this weary world (of people) not the blowing, sunny, breathing world or the rainy world - But the damn'd world of fools in it - has ever - ever seen ... Passmore very condescending ..."; "I do hope what you say is true about that rascal Longden, who has brushes sent to Piccasso[sic] & who is dancing round with the Tate pictures";  "I've told Schofield the Editor of the D. Mail to ask you write[sic] an important article on the Show at the RA. The Betrayal - as I called it - of the Academy"; on a gift of a book of poems by Monk Gibbon entitled 'This Insubstantial Pageant': "How right you were about him! What lovely verses & what a nature lover! - Why isn't the book heard of all over England? B----y Elliot[sic]"; "By God! Suddenly I've remembered where I caught this b----y [illegible word]! Take a bottle of brandy & go to 32A St. George's Street - The Hanover Gallery. See Francis Bacon. Then go upstairs and & see the staff - DON'T miss it & look at the bearded bloke at desk[sic]";  a letter from Lady Munnings to Professor Bodkin, pleading with him to "televise" her husband on the BBC, the letter headed, "Strictly Private. Do not let A.J. know I've written to you please". The large majority of the letters are to Professor Thomas Bodkin (1887-1961), Director of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1927-35 and founding director of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham from 1935-52. A FASCINATING COLLECTION OF PERSONAL, WITTY BUT INCREASINGLY SPLENETIC, LETTERS BY ONE OF THE GREATEST ENGLISH FIGURATIVE AND SPORTING ARTISTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and President of the Royal Academy of Arts from 1944-49. A painter very much of the traditional school, Munnings, in these letters, makes repeated attacks on the works of Picasso, whose name he consistently misspels 'Piccasso'. An amusing, but now largely discredited story, has it that, as they strolled together down Piccadilly, Winston Churchill, a friend of Munnings, said to him, "Alfred, if I saw Picasso walking down the street ahead of us, would you join me in kicking him up the arse?" (the 'quotation' appears in various forms),

September 28, 2016, 1:00 PM BST
Acton, London, United Kingdom

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Acton, London, United Kingdom

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