Rare books on sale

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Published: January 10, 2016 12:11:36 AM

For those with a passion for rare books, an online auction could be a literal treasure hunt

ALL you reading buffs who were struggling to find that rare classic can now breathe a sigh of relief. For all you know, that vintage book might just be one click or bid away. After receiving an overwhelming response from collectors for the first edition of its online auction of rare books, StoryLTD.com, the online service of auction house Saffronart, is back with the second edition of the auction. The one-of-a-kind auction will be held on January 12 to address the needs of a growing collector base for vintage books.

The 24-hour online sale will offer books on topics ranging from Indian paintings and fabrics to fairytales, myth, history, politics and memoirs. Potential collectors can bid for 50 rare, out-of-print collectible books dating from 19th century onwards.

Some notable reads include a two-volume set of the first edition of Mahatma Gandhi’s The Story of My Experiments with Truth estimated at Rs 1.25-1.75 lakh; The Constitution of India with illustrations by artist Nandalal Bose; Chintz, a deluxe two-volume limited-edition book featuring the exquisite fabric collection of Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad; Iqbal, a rare book with colour plates by AR Chugtai, estimated at Rs 2.75-3.25 lakh; a limited-edition three-volume set on Edwin Lutyens’ architecture with drawings and photos; signed books by Everest mountaineer Edmund Hillary; a signed and limited-edition copy of Inner Circle by Jerzy Peterkiewicz; and a limited-edition monograph on SH Raza signed by the artist, among others.

The highest price achieved in the first edition in 2015 was for The

Art of India, published by India Book House in Mumbai in 1977. The book, which was valued between

Rs 15,000-18,000, surpassed the estimate, fetching a handsome bid of Rs1,96,800. Another highlight of the auction was a rare copy of The Rulers of India and the Chiefs of Rajputanna (1550-1897), which was published by W Griggs in London in 1897. It attracted a bid of Rs 1,91,700, surpassing its estimate of Rs 1.50 lakh.

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