Books & maps

The Fieldings books and maps department are happy to advise on a single work or an entire library or collection, from a rare 16th Century manuscript to a first edition Harry Potter. Collecting antiquarian books or selling a collection can be complex. Let our experienced valuers take the difficulty out of the process and guide you through selling, or advise you on starting a new collection. Read more

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Bill Lacey

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Collecting children's books

We are all children at heart and at this time of year what better way to give in to the child inside than dust off those books that gave us...

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Collecting first editions – an investment...

Ernest Hemingway once said, "There is no friend as loyal as a book." And if you are one of the many investors who have watched your savings...

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Auction Life magazine Autumn 2019

Twice a year we produce our company magazine 'Auction Life' which tells our clients and potential clients about the exciting lots we have sold and...

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Most recent auction

Doves for Peace Charity Auction: Friday 18 October 2019

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Alain de Cadenet - 'Cor! Love a dove', pencil, 14.8cm x 21cm. Framed and glazed. Alain de Cadenet is…

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Malcolm Sier - Pen, 22cm x 17cm. Framed and glazed. Malcolm Sier is a sculptor and letter carver who…

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Gary Lewis - Black pen, 13cm x 19cm. Framed and glazed. Gary Lewis is a Scottish actor. He has had…

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Katherine Jakeways - Collage, 12cm x 16.5cm. Framed and glazed. Katherine Jakeways is a British…

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Malcolm Pyrah - Blue ink, 29.7cm x 21cm. Framed and glazed. Malcolm Pyrah is a retired Olympic show…

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Brendon Hartley - 'Sweet wings bro!', pencil, 14.8cm x 21cm. Framed and glazed. Brendan Hartley is a…

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Justin Bell - 'Dove.Love', pencil, 14.8cm x 21cm. Framed and glazed. Justin Bell is a British race…

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Emanuele Pirro - 'I love flying above children playing', pencil, 14.8cm x 21cm. Framed and…

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Frank Biela - 'Ze German Dove', pencil, 14.8cm x 21cm. Framed and glazed. Frank Biela is an auto…

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Peter Gethin - 'What a little beauty!', black ink, 18.5cm x 14cm. Framed and glazed. Peter Gethin…

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Fieldings house book record - a first edition of J.R. Tolkien ‘The Hobbit’ sold for £10,000.

Bill's most memorable find - a small collection of late 19th century coloured maps of Manhattan during its development which sold for £4,000.

Bill's dream find - a full set of 19th Century John Gould’s ‘Birds of Paradise’ illustrated volumes.

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