Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs

Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs

8th Feb, 2023 10:00
Sale number: 725
Location: Live in Edinburgh & Online
Catalogue: Download PDF catalogue

Auction viewing will take place at our new Rare Books department in the Canonmills area of Edinburgh. 

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Viewing at Broadside, 2 Powderhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4GB
Mon 6th Feb 9-5pm
Tues 7th Feb 9-5pm 
Morning of the sale from 9am 


The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium, at the following rate, thereon.
26% up to £20,000
25% from £20,001 to £500,000
20% thereafter

VAT will be charged on the premium at the rate imposed by law (see our Conditions of Sale at the back of this catalogue).


VAT at the standard rate payable on the hammer price
Reduced rate of 5% import VAT payable on the hammer price
[Ω] Standard rate of import VAT on the hammer price

Lots affixed with ‡ or [Ω] symbols may be subject to further regulations upon export /import, please see Conditions of Sale for Buyers Section D.2.

No VAT is payable on the hammer price or premium for books bought at auction


All potential buyers must register prior to placing a bid. Paddle registration must be completed in advance of the sale day. Please note that all first-time, and those returning after an extended period, bidders at Lyon & Turnbull will be asked to supply the following documents in order to facilitate registration:
1 – Government issued photo ID (Passport/Driving licence)
2 – Proof of address (utility bill/bank statement).

By registering for the sale, the buyer acknowledges that he or she has read, understood and accepted our Conditions of Sale.


This symbol § indicates works which may be subject to the Droit de Suite or Artist’s Resale Right, which took effect in the United Kingdom on 14th February 2006. We are required to collect a royalty payment for all qualifying works of art. Under new legislation which came into effect on 1st January 2012 this applies to living artists and artists who have died in the last 70 years. This royalty will be charged to the Buyer on the Hammer Price and in addition to the Buyer’s Premium. It will not apply to works where the Hammer Price is less than €1,000 (euros). The charge for works of art sold at and above €1,000 (euros) and below €50,000 (euros) is 4%. For items selling above €50,000 (euros), charges are calculated on a sliding scale. All royalty charges are paid to the Design and Artists Copyright Society (‘DACS’) and no handling costs or additional fees are retained by the Auctioneer. Resale royalties are not subject to VAT. Please note that the royalty payment is calculated on the rate of exchange at the European Central Bank on the date of the sale. More information on Droit de Suite is available at www.dacs.org.uk.


Responsibility for packing, shipping and insurance shall be exclusively that of the purchaser. 

All purchased lots must be collected from our new book department. Collections by appointment only.

Lyon & Turnbull Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs Department
2 Powderhall Road

Appointments for collection must be made in advance and proof of payment must be presented before collection can be made. Payment can be made by bank transfer, online or in person at our main Broughton Place saleroom. 


All item descriptions, dimensions and estimates are provided for guidance only. It is the buyer’s responsibility to inspect all lots prior to bidding to ensure that the condition is to their satisfaction. Our specialists will be happy to prepare condition reports and additional images. These are for guidance only and all lots are sold ‘as found’, as per our Conditions of Sale.


Prospective buyers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to; rosewood, rhino horn, ivory, coral and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective buyers should familiarise themselves with all relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import lots to another country. Please note that all manuscript items require export licences to be removed from the United Kingdom, regardless of value. It is the buyer’s sole responsibility to obtain any relevant export or import licence. The denial of any licence or any delay in obtaining licences shall neither justify the recession of any sale nor any delay in making full payment for the lot.


Please be aware that lots marked with the symbol Y contain material which may be subject to CITES regulations when exporting outside Great Britain. For more information visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/imports-exports/cites

Name: Mr Simon Vickers
Email: simon.vickers@lyonandturnbull.com
Telephone: +44 (0)131 557 8844

Name: Dominic Somerville-Brown
Email: Dominic.Somerville-Brown@lyonandturnbull.com

Name: Cathy Marsden
Email: cathy.marsden@lyonandturnbull.com


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