Rare Book Auctions Department at 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 UK auction house, and via live 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.

A Specialist Service

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.

Libraries & Collections

We have been entrusted with the sale of some wonderful items and collections from libraries including those of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, Northern Lighthouse Heritage Board, the Cruising Association, 17th Earl of Perth, 3rd Baron Biddulph, Robert Lenkiewicz, and William St Clair.

With three specialist Rare Books, Manuscripts & Maps auctions a year there is lots of opportunity to uncover the value of your collection. To find out more about our forthcoming auctions or to talk further about a potential consignment please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialist team.


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