English Literature and History

English Literature and History plays a vital role in many of Forum's rare book auctions. With a pedigree that stretches back to the 1470s, English printing encompasses a vast range of subjects and interests. As Chaucer wrote, "for ther is so gret diversite in Englissh and in writing of oure tonge". Featuring rare books printed from the 15th to the 20th century, the English Literature and History department at Forum Auctions enjoy curating & cataloguing poetry, prose, essays, novels and plays; economics, politics, philosophy and social history; military and naval history; dictionaries, law, bibles and religious texts; pamphlets and tracts; library sets and fine bindings.

English Literature and History is a key area at Forum Auctions, and our knowledgeable and passionate team are always on hand to provide valuations and advise best path to market for any English literature, history, social sciences, religious, military and naval rare books you may have, as well as advise on probate and insurance valuations for single items or collections. Please view the Experts section below for more information.

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Rupert Powell

Rupert Powell

Deputy Chairman, International Head of Books

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Dido Arthur

Dido Arthur

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Max Hasler

Max Hasler

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Rhiannon Spence

Rhiannon Spence

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Hester Malin

Hester Malin

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Cosima Benson-Colpi

Cosima Benson-Colpi

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Lydia Gardner

Lydia Gardner

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Leo Hessian

Leo Hessian

Trainee Cataloguer, Books and Works on Paper

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Simon Luterbacher

Simon Luterbacher

Consultant, Books and Works on Paper

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What period of printing is covered by English Literature & History?
Forum Auctions' English Literature and History department covers English-language books of historical and literary interest printed in English from the 15th century incunabular period through to the 20th century, with the exception of modern literature (in our case comprising fiction, poetry and plays dating from the birth of literary modernism), which is covered by our Modern First Editions department.
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