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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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GROUP 4 ANTIQUE HISTORY BOOKS 1686-1842
Apr 14, 2:00 PM PDT
GROUP 4 ANTIQUE HISTORY BOOKS 1686-1842
by District Auction
Est: $100- $300
$2509 Bids
3 vol. 1861 War for the Union
Apr 16, 9:00 AM EDT
3 vol. 1861 War for the Union
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$205 Bids
Two 19th c. Antique Books on the Andersonville Prison
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Two 19th c. Antique Books on the Andersonville Prison
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$805 Bids
1791 HISTORY OF SCOTLAND
Apr 21, 12:00 PM AEST
1791 HISTORY OF SCOTLAND
by Sydney Rare Book Auctions
Est: AUD120- AUD160
AUD1103 Bids
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Gen. Sherman's Lincoln Books
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Gen. Sherman's Lincoln Books
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $250- $500
$1503 Bids
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Gen. Sherman Inscribed "Military History of Ulysses S. Grant"
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Gen. Sherman Inscribed "Military History of Ulysses S. Grant"
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,500
$3003 Bids
1930 AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ANNUAL
Apr 21, 12:00 PM AEST
1930 AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ANNUAL
by Sydney Rare Book Auctions
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD302 Bids
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Sherman Memorials Presented to P. T. Sherman
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Sherman Memorials Presented to P. T. Sherman
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $250- $500
$1001 Bid
RANOUW, W. v.). Kabinet der natuurlyke historien, wetenschappen, konsten en handwerken. Jan
May 08, 1:30 PM CEST
RANOUW, W. v.). Kabinet der natuurlyke historien, wetenschappen, konsten en handwerken. Jan
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €320- €400
€3201 Bid
Lewis, J.: The History of the Life and Sufferings of John Wicliffe
Apr 17, 3:00 PM CEST
Lewis, J.: The History of the Life and Sufferings of John Wicliffe
by Bassenge Auctions
Est: €40- €60
€401 Bid
[GIBRALTAR].
Apr 16, 2:00 PM CEST
[GIBRALTAR].
by Alde
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
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Gen. Sherman's Western Books
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Gen. Sherman's Western Books
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $250- $500
$1001 Bid
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Veteran Books Inscribed to Gen. Sherman
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Veteran Books Inscribed to Gen. Sherman
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $150- $300
$1001 Bid
Early Indian Trade Guns 1625 To 1775
Apr 14, 9:00 AM MDT
Early Indian Trade Guns 1625 To 1775
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGE (Georges).
Apr 16, 2:00 PM CEST
GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGE (Georges).
by Alde
Est: €300- €400
€3001 Bid
Josiah Burchett, "A Complete History of the Most
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Josiah Burchett, "A Complete History of the Most
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Furtwängler, Adolf: Die antiken Gemmen, Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im klassischen Altertum
Apr 17, 3:00 PM CEST
Furtwängler, Adolf: Die antiken Gemmen, Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im klassischen Altertum
by Bassenge Auctions
Est: €360- €500
€3601 Bid
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Gen. Sherman's Books on Colleagues & Adversaries, 1 Inscribed by Sherman
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Gen. Sherman's Books on Colleagues & Adversaries, 1 Inscribed by Sherman
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $500- $750
$1001 Bid
2 us millitary history books
Apr 16, 9:00 AM EDT
2 us millitary history books
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
1948 PABST HISTORY BOOK & 1971 PABST BEER MEDAL
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
1948 PABST HISTORY BOOK & 1971 PABST BEER MEDAL
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A View Of The Real Power Of The Pope (1733) & An Ecclesiastical History (1767)
Apr 28, 3:00 PM PDT
A View Of The Real Power Of The Pope (1733) & An Ecclesiastical History (1767)
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell History Books


Burgersdijk & Niermans

Burgersdijk & Niermans

Bassenge Auctions

Bassenge Auctions

Arenberg Auctions

Arenberg Auctions

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen