Books & Manuscripts

Books & Manuscripts

Our expertise covers a wide range of material including: books, manuscripts, documents and other written or printed material. Also of interest are books previously owned by famous persons, or personages of high stature, the noble and notorious. Tracing the history of an antiquarian book's possession, referred to as "provenance", can markedly affect the value of a book. For the antiquarian collector, how a particular book's production fits into a larger historical context can be as important as the edition, even if it may not be a first edition.

In the ancient world, papyri and scrolls (the precursors of the book in codex form) were collected by both institutions and private individuals. In surviving accounts there are references to bibliophile book collectors in that era. The advent of the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century enabled for the first time mass production and distribution of the printed word. If you'd like to find out more about your item in this category, contact us today for a free assessment.