Books and Manuscripts

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An introduction to Books and Manuscripts at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s specialist department holds two sales a year, as part of our fine art sales programme, and has achieved considerable success with the sale of rare works by renowned authors such as Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer and Jane Austen. We also specialise in renowned local authors notably Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence.

Duke’s reputation as a leading Auction House was cemented in 2007, with the sale of the Library of Jean Preston, a collection of considerable importance. From early printed works, to modern manuscripts and rare first editions, the department also handles maps, autographs and ephemera.

Specialist: John Holmes