Books & Maps

 

Our burgeoning book department is enjoying healthy and rapid growth. We have achieved considerable success with the sale of collections of rare works by renowned authors and illustrators such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, H Rider Haggard, Arthur Rackham, Kurt Vonnegut amogst many others.

All books are carefully appraised and catalogued, with detailed descriptions and condition reports prepared by our experienced and respected specialist, Michael Kousah, prior to exposure to an eager worldwide audience.

Books are entered for sale in our Fine Interiors sales, held four times a year, and our fortnightly Homes and Interiors sales.

To find out more about our forthcoming sales or talk further about potential consignments, please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialist team.

Results & Highlights

Our specialists

Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the online form to enquire about the valuation of your items. 

Michael Kousah

Michael Kousah
Books 

T: 01279 817778
E: rarebooks@sworder.co.uk

Frank Barnett

Frank Barnett
Books

T: 01279 817778
E: frankbarnett@sworder.co.uk

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News & Articles

Mutiny On The Bounty

After becoming interested in the story of The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty, John O’Conner began collecting artefacts on the subject, eventually owning some of Bligh’s most personal possessions. The collection will be sold as part of our Books and Maps timed auction in September

14 September 2021

 

School Textbooks Signed by Florence Nightingale Come to Auction

Six books inscribed by Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing, are to be auctioned in a timed sale of Books and Maps next month. They are being sold by descendants of WJP Burton, the principal of a school sited in the Nightingale family home in Derbyshire, with expectations of £3000-5000.

31 August 2021

Controversial Letters From A Remarkable Archive Go Under The Hammer

A letter from the Nazi high command discussing arrangements for the visit by Edward Duke of Windsor in October 1937 is going under the hammer in our timed auction of Books and Maps (ending Sunday 18 April).  The document signed on behalf of Adolf Hitler forms part of a remarkable archive related to Charles Eugène Bedaux (1886-1944) and his second wife Fern Bedaux, nee Lombard, (1892-1972).