part of our site is primarily for the benefit of members
and may one day become
a password-protected area. We considered making the Directory of Members available online,
so that it would be up to date, but many members do not have access to the internet.
A Members Handbook dated
January 2016 was sent to members with our Autumn 2015 journal.
Auction 93 took place on 17 April 2021. This had again to be run online, based on bids submitted by email, because the Covid-19 pandemic
prevented members from gathering at our usual venue. The auction list and images remain available to view (see below).
The auction procedure is that each bidder is assigned a pseudonym so that participants can follow their bidding status online.
Standard bid increments apply, as given in the Auction Rules.
For the first half of the auction lots the start price is the reserve. In most cases this is 75% (rounded up to nearest pound) of the pre-sale estimate.
For lots in the second half a minimum price had been set, as shown in a second table.
DEADLINE FOR FIRST BIDS: was 14.00 hours BST on Saturday, 17 April 2021.
DEADLINE FOR INCREASING THESE BIDS: was 17.00 hours BST.
In order to secure an item, bidders were advised to set their bid maximum sufficiently high.
We asked participants to avoid last minute bidding, which in Auction 92 resulted in bids being disregarded through failing to arrive in time. However,
one hour before the end of Auction 93 a batch of 47 increases arrived from a single bidder. Landing on top of four other emails notifying increases,
this caused no small delay in updating the online price tables, to the possible disadvantage of other participants.
NOW VIEWABLE: the LIST OF UNSOLD ITEMS (PDF) available for immediate purchase.
Click on this link to view the April 2021 Auction List (PDF).
The bidding tables below now show prices realised.
As post-auction sales are made, these tables will be updated as quickly as practicable.
TABLE 1 - LOTS 1-240 .
TABLE 2 - LOTS 241-450 .
When viewing these images by computer, you may find it useful to hold down the Control button and at the same time press on the equals button to enlarge, or hyphen
button to reduce in size. Alternatively, on a mousepad enlarge by drawing two fingers away from each other.
You may still access the
December 2020 Auction List (PDF).
Click on these links to view the images:
A list of unsold lots is available but may not be fully up to date for late sales -
Click here .
Our Auctions Secretary is Peter McGowan, to whom all auction correspondence should please be sent (address on Contacts page).
We have opened a webpage giving a list of Wants by members.
To get to this, go to the URL box at the top of this page and type Desiderata.htm in place of membersarea.htm
THE JOHN SIMPSON COLLECTION
A former member who died tragically in 2004, John Simpson
was an assiduous collector not only of books on fishing but also of
early bookplates, especially typographic labels, Early Armorials and Jacobean style bookplates. Results of the
auction at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 17 May 2005 are at www.bonhams.com and were included in the Society's
June newsletter. Some 23,000 bookplates sold for £63,000. An offprint of the catalogue was circulated to members, and further copies are available for purchase
by non-members Click here. John Simpson produced these two bookplates for himself, and they are discussed in our Autumn 2012
journal. The Society has possibly a few prints still available, at £6 each (post free to UK).