Rare books dating
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).
Pre-1801 English catalogues are included in Munby and Coral's giving the pressmarks of all catalogues in the Department of Manuscripts (also containing manuscript numbers of some of the items purchased).
All are reserved from reader access for 30 years after publication or production as many departmental annotations are considered commercially sensitive.
B.740 (use the reel indexes in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAM381.17 to establish the relevant part and reel numbers). Although the names of vendors and consignors are included in the ESTC entries, they are not indexed along with the names of authors etc., and have to be searched as title words.
A microfilm set, re-arranged chronologically and with missing catalogues filmed from other collections, runs from 1734 (Baker at Russell St) to 1980; this is in storage at shelfmark: Mic. Unannotated copies can be found at shelfmarks: RAR381.45002 (open shelves in Rare Books and Music), HLR381.45002 (open shelves in Humanities) and MSS381.45002 (open shelves in Manuscripts). Besides continuing the work through to 1900, it also enhances the information about pre-1801 holdings (adding for example details of sale catalogues held in the Bagford Collection and in the Department of Manuscripts) [copies on the open shelves at: RAR381.45002, HLR381.45002 and MSS381.45002].18th-century catalogues included in both the are also listed in the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC).
There is a typescript index (1928) of sales 1846-70 at shelfmark: C.131.k.15. When searching for auctioneers and booksellers in the ESTC, it should be noted that a bookseller's name will be catalogued as a personal name if there only appears to be one of them: if the name on the title-page is in the form 'Messrs.The British Library's collection of sale catalogues has been largely acquired through purchase or donation. The best general account of auction sale catalogues of books and manuscripts is in Chapter 5 of David Pearson's (London, 1994) [copies on the open shelves in British Library Reading Rooms at RAR090.16 GRE, HLR002.0941 and MSS002.0941], supplemented by the notes to the 1998 reprint.Sale catalogues are generally out of scope from a legal deposit point of view, meaning that they will not have been automatically sent to the British Library or British Museum by their publishers. If you are searching for books formerly owned by a well-known collector, the date and auctioneer or book dealer's name can often be found in the various reference books on collectors.The subscription database with full digital facsimiles of selected pre-1825 catalogues.The facsimiles are made from originals held in various libraries, and many of the items are not otherwise available at the British Library.