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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Most recent auction

Centuries of Glass: Saturday 30 May 2020

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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.

A 'Cary's New and Accurate Plan of London and Westminster, sold £1,600

ohn Fogny - Bible, The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English, printed at Rhemes 1582, sold £6,500

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