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Access is through any onsite 'Electronic Resources' computer.The related IDC microfilm series ( contains descriptions of over 800,000 sale catalogues held primarily in American libraries, but also at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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It should also be borne in mind that, apart from the auctioneers' archival copies, the Library's sets are often incomplete. You can find catalogue records for all these items in Explore the British Library. Dates and names of auctioneers for many major sales can be found in , by S de Ricci (Oxford, 1930) [copies on the open shelves at: RAR002.0922, HLR002.0922, and MSS002.0922].1-2 only can also be found in Rare Books and Music at: RAR381.45; see also below.Lugt appears to have looked at the otherwise uncatalogued sale catalogues and announcements of sales in the Bagford Collection, especially in Harl.5947 (original restricted: use the microfilm at: Mic. You cannot always tell from Lugt whether the sale catalogue listed is held by the British Museum Library - and thus ought now be with the British Library- or is in fact in the collections of one of the British Museum departments (Coins & Medals, Greek & Roman, and Prints & Drawings all hold sale catalogues). Catalogues for 'Sotheby', including predecessors 'Samuel Baker' and 'Baker & Leigh', for 1739 to 22 October 1970. A further annotated copy is kept at the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk. Since the late 19th century, selected catalogues from some 2,000 major book dealers in Britain and abroad (plus a few publishers) have been acquired. Two annotated copies of this work can be found on the open shelves in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAX381.45: one contains notes made at the British Museum, but is not now up-to-date; the other reproduces a copy annotated by A N L Munby, and has details of items held in the British Library and elsewhere (the original of this is at Cambridge University Library).

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