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London — A striking portrait of the novelist E. M. Forster by his friend, the art historian and painter Roger Fry, set a new world record for the artist at auction when it sold for £325,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale on July 1. It had been estimated at £30,000-50,000. The sale made a total of £2,000,000 with 80% sold by lot and 85% sold

New York — A 13-page handwritten and signed letter from Ludwig Wittgenstein to Moritz Schlick discussing Gödel's incompleteness theorems, set a new world record for a Wittgenstein letter at Bonhams online-only Essential Genius: Ten Important Manuscripts for Modern Times sale. It sold for $137,575.

Written in 1935 when Wittgenstein

New York — A beautiful and very rare early Renaissance manuscript of two of Plato’s greatest dialogues, Phaedo, known to ancient readers as On the Soul, and Gorgias, translated from the Greek by Leonardo Bruni, leads Bonhams online-only Essential Genius: Ten Important Manuscripts for Modern Times sale which runs

New York — Pandemics, sadly, are nothing new. The Black Death, for example, lasted on and off from 1331 until the middle of the 18th century. Its last major manifestation was The Great Plague of London, 1665-66, which killed 100,000 people – a quarter of the city’s population – while many more people across England had their lives disrupted. The scientist Isaac Newton was a student at Trinity

London — A rare first edition of one of the most popular books ever written, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone signed by author J. K. Rowling “to Bryony... the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter” sold for £118,000 in Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts & Photographs sale on 11 March in Knightsbridge, London. It

Another bunch of auctions this week to keep an eye on:

On Tuesday, March 10, ALDE sells 360 lots of Livres Anciens du XVe au XIXe Siècle. A four-volume edition of La Fontaine's Fables (1755–1759) could sell for €20,000–30,000. A third edition of the 

New York − An important handwritten Isaac Newton manuscript exploring the nature of God and creation sold for $106,325 at the Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale on March 6 in New York. It had an estimate of US$100,000-150,000. Extensively reworked, underlined and amended, this manuscript speaks directly to the relationship of God and Christ

London — A rare first edition of one of the most popular books ever written, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone signed by author J. K. Rowling “to Bryony... the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter” is to feature in Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts & Photographs sale on 11 March in Knightsbridge, London

Many books on the block this week, particularly with the Rare Book Week festivities in New York. Here's what I'll be watching:

At Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Wednesday, March 4, Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Books from the Library of

New York — An important handwritten Isaac Newton manuscript exploring the nature of God and creation is one of the highlights of Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale on 6 March in New York. It has an estimate of US$100,000-150,000. Extensively reworked, underlined and amended, this manuscript advances our understanding of the