Autumn Swallows take off from Leyburn

Book buyers flocked to Tennants Book & Map auction in Leyburn for a second chance to obtain a first edition of Arthur Ransome’s book ‘Swallows & Amazons’ in its all important dust jacket.

13272-1-0_000.jpgThe auctioneers had achieved a world record price of £6,500 for a copy in their summer sale, thus prompting a London man to travel up to North Yorkshire to sell this second copy in Tennants Autumn Book Sale on Wednesday, 7th November 2007. The book was not in quite as good condition but still exceeded the vendor’s expectations, selling for £5,000.

Other success in the sale included a Japanese album of hand coloured illustrations which also sold for £5,000, some Wisden’s Cricket Almanacks which sold for £3,700 and a two volume book on China which made £3,200.

Of more local interest, a copy of Jeffrey’s Map of Yorkshire greatly exceeded expectations achieving what is thought to be an auction record price of £2,600.

Tennants are inviting entries for their next sale of Books, Maps and Manuscripts which will take place in Spring 2008. For more information please contact Paul Hughes at Tennants on +44(0)1969 623780