Special Auction Services of Newbury featured a remarkable Second World War survivor in its antiques sale on February 5 – and it duly sold for 10 times its pre-sale estimate.
Forum Auctions, relative newcomers to the antiquarian book trade, operate from a Victorian building close to Battersea Park.
From the late 1700s, venture capitalists took advantage of Dundee’s outstanding location for Baltic trade. Shipping records show regular connections to Archangel for flax from the growing areas north of Moscow, large imports from St Petersburg when the White Sea was frozen, and quantities of cheaper flax from Latvia and Estonia, shipped through Riga.
Today's pictures shows an opulently-illuminated manuscript on parchment written and illustrated in Florence around 1490.
AMONG the great treasures of the British Library are the Thomason Tracts, a remarkable collection of 17th Century Civil War-period printed pamphlets and news-sheets.
SLIPWARE IS not something to be found in the unmentionables department of M&S.
ILLUSTRATED IS a tiny scrap of paper worth its weight in rhodium, never mind gold.
AN IMPORTANT cache of more than 50 letters written by the Romanov family during the Russian Revolution offered at William George’s in London has just failed to meet its reserve of £70,000.
WE RESIDE in Preston Watson country – the Tayside aeronautical pioneer who is sometimes (though erroneously in my view) credited with powered flight ahead of the Wright Brothers.