Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyA Brief History of Book Auctions

  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:00:00    Permalink

    While the book has been around for millennia, the practice of selling them at auction is relatively new. By most accounts, the first book auctions occurred in the Low Countries in the late sixteenth century. To understand why the rise of the book auction happened at this time, it is essential to remember that the printing press was invented the century before. While the onset of book auctions saw its fair share of detractors, the practice has continued through today.

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