Head of Books
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Roddy Newlands joined Bloomsbury Auctions in 1994, having previously worked for his father's maritime book business McLaren Books in Scotland. His experience as a cataloguer across a wide and diverse range of rare and collectable books has seen him involved with many of the key collections Bloomsbury has handled over the years, including the Weinreb Computer Collection (1999), the Crawley T.S. Eliot Collection (2006), the Zentner W. Somerset Maugham Collection (2010), the Ottignon Beatrix Potter Collection (2013), and the 150th Anniversary Beatrix Potter sale (2016), which included a true first printing of The Tale of Peter Rabbit that sold for £43,400.
Roddy's particular enthusiasm for modern literature and children's books saw Modern First Editions become one of Bloomsbury's highest profile departments, and he regularly comments on these aspects of the trade in mainstream and trade press, most recently writing an article on collecting Modern Firsts for the Antiques Trade Gazette. His tenure as Head of Modern First Editions saw many excellent prices achieved at auction, including an inscribed copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula (£53,680), James Joyce's Pomes Penyeach (£32,940), a signed set of T.S. Eliot's The Four Quartets (£21,420), Ian Fleming's From Russia, With Love inscribed to 'To Gomer who has helped James Bond so much & so long' (£19,800), Graham Greene's Rumour at Nightfall (£18,000) and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, signed (£27,370).
Roddy became Head of the Book Department in 2016, and is actively engaged in developing business for the company's upcoming book auctions, as well as private treaty sales, and finding other alternative methods of connecting those looking to sell books and works on paper with potential buyers, across private, trade and institutional sectors.