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History Books

History books can be highly sought after at auction. Encompassing a myriad of subjects, history books open a portal to the past, allowing the modern reader to catch a glimpse into the events and discoveries that shaped the world as it is today.

Historical books that survive from past centuries are valuable primary sources for research. Many of them document events from firsthand experience, giving a glimpse into the impact these events had on civilization at the time of the occurrence and today. Historical books on science document scientific discoveries, revealing the evolution of these disciplines and providing clues to how this knowledge can be further transformed.

Common collectible history books are narratives of explorations and voyages. These are also some of the oldest history books, dating from the 15th century. Other collector’s history books are about wars, with war books written from personal experience among the most popular.


Quick Facts

  • "Relations," a compilation of voyages by scientist, diplomat, and author Thevenot, sold for $10,585 at a Bonhams auction in 2014
  • "Poblacht Na H Eireann. The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the People of Ireland," one of a small number of surviving copies printed in Dublin on Easter Sunday, 1916, sold for $457,500 at a 2015 Sotheby's auction. This title marked the beginning of the Easter Rising and modern Irish history
  • A 1661 first edition of Robert Boyle's "The Sceptical Chymist" sold for $536,500 at a 2015 Bonhams auction

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Sellers Who Sell History Books


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