SELLING WITH CHORLEY'S
Complimentary, confidential valuations on any number of items for the purpose of sale at auction, and insurance and probate valuations.
Chorley’s have handled sales from several important libraries and collections.
These include The F Alan Underwood ‘Kipling’ Collection 2011; Private Collection of Gloucestershire books 2015; Selected volumes from Ombersley Court 2019 and Selected volumes from Spetchley Park 2020. We have an unrivalled reputation for selling books relating to Gloucestershire including a world record price of £2,800 for a copy of Annalia Dubrensia (Mr Robert Dovers Olimpick Games upon Cotswold-Hills) and we regularly achieve top prices for Atkyn’s Glostershire and works by Samuel Lysons.
A recently discovered letter by the great literary genius Dr Johnson (1709-1784), who famously wrote the Dictionary of the English Language, sold at Chorley’s auctioneers to a British institution for £38,460 - over four times its pre-sale low estimate of £8,000.
Among a cache of letters discovered in a Gloucestershire country house is a lost letter written by the renowned English writer Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784), who compiled one of the most famous dictionaries in history: Dictionary of the English Language. The letter, which had been officially logged as ‘present location unknown’ for many years, was published in The Letters of Samuel Johnson (Oxford, 1994; Bruce Bedford, ed.) and was found on a routine valuation by Chorley’s auction specialists.