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500-500_0006_Maggs Bros Ltd. (麦格斯兄弟古书店
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Maggs Bros Ltd. 麦格斯兄弟古书店(英国)

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书店简介 Introduction

麦格斯兄弟古书店 Maggs Bros. Ltd.

地址/ Address:Maggs Bros Ltd., 48 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DR, UK

邮箱/Email: Titus@Maggs.com (泰特思先生,邮件可用中文或英文)

电话/Tel: +44 20 7493 7160
网址/Website: http://www.maggs.com

 

 

麦格斯兄弟古书店是世界上最古老的古董书商之一,它为麦格斯家族所有。这家书店由乌利亚·麦格斯于1853年建立,他的四个儿子也先后加入,并在1894年乌利亚退休后接管了书店。麦格斯兄弟原指班杰明和亨利,后来查尔斯和欧内斯特也加入进来。书店现在由爱德华·麦格斯管理。直到2015年,书店的总部都一直设立在伯克利广场50号。两年之后,书店将总部搬到了贝德福德广场48号的一幢美丽的乔治亚式联排别墅,并在梅费尔柯曾街46号又开了家迷人的商店。

 

麦格斯兄弟古书店有广泛的专业知识,书店经营的部门涉及多个专业领域,有欧洲大陆书籍(1700年前在欧洲印刷的书籍),早期英国文学(1800年前),现代英国文学(1800年后),爱尔兰文学,旅游及探险,中日相关书籍,哲学和经济学等。同时,我们在摄影、手迹、手抄本、地图和地图册领域也实力雄厚。这些部门都编制了自己的目录。

 

我们对待书籍的态度严谨但不古板,我们既自豪于传统和历史,也不断地展望未来。我们拥抱信息技术的新时代,并与之结合了一种连续性,这种连续性在几十年来见证了我们与一代又一代的收藏者和图书馆的合作。

 

所经手的著名书籍交易:两次世界大战之间最伟大的古书交易是由麦格斯兄弟书店完成的,那就是1932年,他们成功说服苏联政府不仅仅出售了《古登堡圣经》,还出手了举世闻名的《西奈抄本》。1931年,欧内斯特·麦格斯和他的同事莫里斯·埃廷豪森一同前往苏联,埃廷豪森不仅是一位书商,也是一位学者。当他们看到价值连城的《西奈抄本》时,埃廷豪森对苏联政府说:“任何时候,如果你们想要出售,请立刻联系我。”不久,麦格斯收到一张明信片,说苏联政府准备以20万英镑的价格出售《西奈抄本》。英国政府还价为4万英镑,最终,双方同意10万英镑的价格。这在当时是一笔巨款,也创造了单本书购入的最高价格。英国政府同意支付一半的款项,并承诺若公开募捐筹集资金不够,政府将承担剩余部分。麦格斯兄弟书店常常打破图书交易的价格记录。1947年,他们经手了第二部《古登堡圣经》,代表菲利普·弗雷尔爵士以2.2万英镑的价格购买了戴森·佩林藏本。几年后,他们将它转卖给加利福利亚的多希尼夫人。此本《古登堡圣经》也是目前日本唯一的藏本。1998年,书店以420万英镑的价格购买了第一本在英国印刷的书——威廉·卡克斯顿的《坎特伯雷故事集》。截至2016年,这一价格是印本交易的最高价格。

 

皇家授权:麦格斯兄弟书店是被英王乔治五世,威尔士王子(后来的英王爱德华八世),西班牙国王阿方索十三世和葡萄牙国王曼努埃尔二世赋予皇家授权的古董书商。同样,在2016年,书店获得了英国女王伊丽莎白二世的皇家授权。

 

Maggs Bros. Ltd. is one of the oldest antiquarian booksellers in the world under continuous family ownership. It was established in 1853 by Uriah Maggs. All four of Uriah's sons eventually joined the business, taking over on his retirement in 1894.  The initial Maggs Brothers of the firm's title were Benjamin and Henry, later joined by Charles and Ernest. The company is currently managed by Edward Maggs. Until 2015 the firm was based at 50 Berkeley Square. Two years later we moved the headquarters to a beautiful Georgian townhouse at 48 Bedford Square having also opened an attractive shop at 46 Curzon Street in Mayfair.

 

Maggs has an unusually broad range of expertise and we run a number of specialist departments ranging from Continental Books (books printed in Europe before 1700), Early English Literature (before 1800), Modern English Literature (after 1800), Irish Literature, Travel & Exploration, Books relating to China & Japan, Philosophy & Economics, but we are also strong in the fields of photography, autographs and manuscripts, as well as maps & atlases. Each of these departments produce their own range of catalogues.

 

Serious about books without being stuffy, we are proud of our traditions and history but are continually looking to the future. We embrace the new age of information technology, and combine with it a continuity which has seen us deal with successive generations of collectors and with libraries over many decades.

 

Important sales: Maggs Brothers pulled off the greatest bookselling coup of the inter-war period, when in 1932 they successfully negotiated with the government of Soviet Russia to acquire not only a Gutenberg Bible, but also the celebrated Codex Sinaiticus: In 1931 Ernest Maggs had travelled to the Soviet Union with a colleague, Maurice Ettinghausen, who was both a bookseller and a scholar. When they saw the priceless Codex Sinaiticus, Ettinghausen remarked to his hosts, "If you ever want to sell it, let me know." Some time later, Maggs received a postcard saying that the Soviet government would be prepared to sell the Codex Sinaiticus for £200,000. The British group offered £40,000; finally, a price of £100,000 was agreed upon, an enormous sum and the highest price paid for a book at the time. The British government agreed to pay half the amount and guaranteed the remainder if it were not raised by public subscription. Maggs have regularly set book price records; in 1947 they bought a second Gutenberg Bible—the Dyson Perrins copy—for £22,000, on behalf of Sir Philip Frere, and a few years later resold it to Mrs. Doheny of California, this latter copy now the only one in Japan. In 1998 the firm bought for £4,200,000 a copy of the first book printed in England, William Caxton's The Canterbury Tales. The price remained the record paid for a printed book as of 2016.

 

 

Royal Warrants: Maggs Bros. Ltd. have been antiquarian booksellers by appointment to King George V, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King Manuel II of Portugal, and as of 2016 held the Royal Warrant to Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

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