AUCTION RESULTS: Collection of Rare Books Sells for over £16,000

Posted On: 26 Sep 2022

The books, which included signed first editions, were recently offered for sale at Ryedale Auctioneers by the collector’s family after they sadly passed away.

AUCTION RESULTS: Collection of Rare Books Sells for over £16,000

Hammer highlights from the sale included:

Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, first edition, one of 1000 copies signed by the author, published 1994.
SOLD for £1550 + buyer’s premium

A first UK edition of American author Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, inscribed by the author ‘For Geoffrey Van Danzig with all good wishes Truman Capote’, hardcover with dust jacket
SOLD for £1200

Three books from the library of Sir Winston Churchill 

A limited edition copy of the play ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ published 1929, by Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne a play from Kenneth Grahame's book 'The Wind in the Willows', signed by Kenneth Grahame and A.A. Milne

  • As well as buying first editions that were already signed, if a first edition book was acquired without a signature, the collector would write to the author and ask them to send one in reply, which they often did. Some of the signatures collected in this way were on bookplates - a decorative label pasted into the front of a book usually to indicate ownership, commonly used in private libraries.

  • Several more books from the same collector will be entered into upcoming auctions.

  • The collector’s family, based in the Midlands, contacted Ryedale Auctioneers after watching the television series The Yorkshire Auction House and seeing the sale of other large collections.

  • Ryedale Auctioneers’ book expert Jacques Tinkler, said: ‘what a fantastic collection, covering a wide range of popular English 20th century literature. A real pleasure to research and catalogue.’