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Books, Maps & Manuscripts

Welcome to Lawrences' Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography department, the longest-standing category in our auctions. Our diverse auctions feature captivating subjects, including art, travel, children's literature, and natural history. We have the expertise to handle entire libraries, whether they belong to some of the nation's most prestigious private and public collections or individuals like you who walk through our doors year after year.

Our recent successful book sales speak to our dedication to preserving and valuing literary treasures. An archive related to Albert Smith, previously unreleased, fetched over £52,000. Emily Eden's 'Portraits of the Princes and Peoples of India' from 1844, despite a damaged spine, realized £13,125. Additionally, a handwritten journal from 1840 by J.H. Eden achieved a remarkable hammer price of £22,500.

We invite you to contact us to discuss the sale of your books, maps, manuscripts, or photography, whether it's a single item or your entire collection or library. Our team offers free, no-obligation valuations. You can also conveniently upload images and additional information via our user-friendly online valuation form below. For those in the West Country, we offer complimentary home visits with no obligation. If you're located elsewhere in the UK, we're eager to accommodate your needs.

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    Sophie Tregarthen-Leisk
    Sophie Tregarthen-Leisk
    Head of Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography
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    Robert Ansell
    Books, Maps & Manuscripts Consultant
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