Lyon & Turnbull

Rare Books, Manuscripts & Maps

Lyon & Turnbull’s dedicated team of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Maps specialists have established an international reputation for their auctions, selling both through our Scottish auction house in Edinburgh, and via our online auctions. Our specialists are experts not only on books and manuscripts, but also on current market conditions, an essential combination to the successful sale of fine antiquarian books, modern first editions, folios, autographed letters and important archives.

Specialising in the sale of both individual works and entire collections our auctions of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Maps cover a broad range of collecting areas, from the earliest printed books to modern first editions, private press and illustrations, landmarks in science and medicine, travel and exploration, fine atlases and historical volumes. 

The department takes pride in cataloguing items with care, giving as full and detailed bibliographic information as possible, and enjoys liaising with, and responding to, collectors, institutions and curators.  As a department we relish the interaction with owners and agents, whether seeking to buy or sell. Whenever possible we try to meet the client to discuss options over the sale of material that fits best with the client’s wishes and the expectations of collectors and Rare Book, Manuscript & Map dealers worldwide.

To help sellers and buyers alike the department of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs makes a point of responding as quickly and fully as possible to requests for more information about items in the lead up to an auction. A recent buyer, “Thank you for all the images and condition reports. I buy from many UK auction houses and would complement you both on a spectacular rare books sale rivalling many I've seen in London, and on your professionalism in dealing with my queries…”

As a result we have been entrusted with the sale of some wonderful individual items and collections from the libraries of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Board, the Cruising Association, the 17th Earl of Perth, the 3rd Baron Biddulph, the late Robert Lenkiewicz, the late Sheriff David W. Bogie, the Graham Hunter Foundation & others.

The value and number of Lyon & Turnbull’s dedicated Rare Books, Manuscripts & Maps auctions have expanded year on year and now comprise three specialist sales a year with an annual turnover of nearly £1million. To find out more about our upcoming auctions or to talk further about a potential consignments please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialist team. 

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