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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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CIVIL WAR HISTORY BOOKS (4)
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
CIVIL WAR HISTORY BOOKS (4)
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$503 Bids
1954 All American Lunchbox with Thermos
Nov 07, 6:00 PM EDT
1954 All American Lunchbox with Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WHALE FISHERY, 2 VOLUME
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WHALE FISHERY, 2 VOLUME
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$703 Bids
HISTORIC BRITISH UNIFORMS ENGRAVING FROM 'SPENCER'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND'
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
HISTORIC BRITISH UNIFORMS ENGRAVING FROM 'SPENCER'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND'
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $40- $60
$402 Bids
HISTORY OF ENGLAND antique leather bound books together with a volume of Shakespeare, 19th century, (15 items)
Nov 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
HISTORY OF ENGLAND antique leather bound books together with a volume of Shakespeare, 19th century, (15 items)
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD60- AUD100
AUD802 Bids
'DEUTSCHE KRIEGSWEIHNACHT' NAZI BOOKS
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
'DEUTSCHE KRIEGSWEIHNACHT' NAZI BOOKS
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$502 Bids
HISTORY OF THE YELLOWSTONE VALLEY MONTANA 1907
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
HISTORY OF THE YELLOWSTONE VALLEY MONTANA 1907
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $500- $750
$252 Bids
STEEDMAN, A. Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of Southern Africa. Lond
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
STEEDMAN, A. Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of Southern Africa. Lond
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €80- €100
€801 Bid
Ɵ HISTORY FOLIOS: SEVENTEEN AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, 11 VOLUMES
Nov 16, 10:30 AM GMT
Ɵ HISTORY FOLIOS: SEVENTEEN AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, 11 VOLUMES
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£1801 Bid
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J.A.Bennett, The Divided Circle, A History of Instruments for Astronomy, Navigation and Serveying, 1987
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
J.A.Bennett, The Divided Circle, A History of Instruments for Astronomy, Navigation and Serveying, 1987
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
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M.C.Cantu‘, T.Settle, The Antique Instruments at the Museum of History of Science in Florence, 1974
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
M.C.Cantu‘, T.Settle, The Antique Instruments at the Museum of History of Science in Florence, 1974
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
DIDOT, PIERRE: "Tableaux Historiques de la Revolution Française".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
DIDOT, PIERRE: "Tableaux Historiques de la Revolution Française".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF1,000- CHF1,600
CHF8001 Bid
Nagla Samir (EG Contemporary) I am History
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Nagla Samir (EG Contemporary) I am History
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
PIGEAUD, T.G.T. Java in the 14th c. A study in cultural history
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
PIGEAUD, T.G.T. Java in the 14th c. A study in cultural history
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €90- €120
€901 Bid
'INVASION: THE D-DAY STORY' PICTURE BOOK
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
'INVASION: THE D-DAY STORY' PICTURE BOOK
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
(GERMAN POSTAL HISTORY) CENSORED MAIL TO AND FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
(GERMAN POSTAL HISTORY) CENSORED MAIL TO AND FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
The Fall of Constantinople 1453, Steven Runciman, The Folio Society
Nov 07, 4:00 PM PDT
The Fall of Constantinople 1453, Steven Runciman, The Folio Society
by 4th Meridian Fine Art
Est: $60- $80
$201 Bid
LOEB CLASSICAL LIBRARY. Greek (52) & Latin authors (57). (20th-21st c). 109
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
LOEB CLASSICAL LIBRARY. Greek (52) & Latin authors (57). (20th-21st c). 109
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €190- €240
€1901 Bid
POTTIER, E. Vases antiques du Louvre. Salles A-G. Paris, 1897-1901. 2
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
POTTIER, E. Vases antiques du Louvre. Salles A-G. Paris, 1897-1901. 2
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €90- €120
€901 Bid
WESSELING, H.L. -- COLLECTION of 20 historical works by/(on) Wesseling. Or. binds
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
WESSELING, H.L. -- COLLECTION of 20 historical works by/(on) Wesseling. Or. binds
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €50- €65
€501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell History Books


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Hindman

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