The following auction catalogues contain valuable information about Burtoniana held in private hands. These items often fetch staggering prices nowadays.
The Spink Catalogue, 1976.
The Quentin Keynes Burton Collection auctioned by Christies in 2004.
Arabistan : catalogue of a collection of various editions
of the Arabian nights and cognate works, books on the peoples & countries of
the nights : an extensive collection of the works of Sir Richard and Lady
Burton. The Thornhill B. Heathcote collection of Alpine books : also addenda
of rare and interesting books from various other sources by Sotheran
Publisher: London : Sotheran, 1930.
Catalogue of valuable printed books, music, autograph
letters, etc., comprising a collection of valuable Americana ... : which
will be sold by auction by Messrs. Sotheby & Co. ... at their large
galleries, 34 & 35 New Bond Street, W.1 on Monday, the 16th June, 1958 and
the following day
Published/Created London : Sotheby & Co., 1958 . 86 p., 3 leaves of plates : facsims., music ; 26 cm
Note 544 lots
Sale code: SWIFT
Place of sale: London
Date of sale: June 16-17, 1958
Including a very fine copy of Rugendas, Voyage pittoresque au Brésil, 1835, and other rare works on Latin America; incunabula; works in English literature; Jenner's Inquiry into the causes and effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, 1798; fine colour-plate books, including Gould's Birds of Great Britain, Maria Christina of Spain's copy of Albertus Seba, Locupletissimi rerum naturalum descriptio, 1734-65, and a fine copy of Schütz and Zeigler's Views of Vienna and surroundings; music and books on music and musicians, autograph music of Berlioz, Debussy, Chopin and sir William Herschel; autograph letters or documents of J.S. Bach, Leopold Mozart, Wagner and other composers, Charles II, Robert E. Lee, Coleridge, Sir Richard Burton, Ruskin, Longfellow, Darwin, De Quincey, D.G. Rosetti, Conrad, George Moore, W.B. Yeats, Gandhi and a fine series of George Bernard Shaw to R. Golding Bright, also letters of W. Holman Hunt, and to him from Browning, Dickens, Millais, D.G. Rossetti and Edward Lear
Catalogue of valuable printed books, fine bindings, autograph letters and historical documents : comprising fine colour-plate books, including ... first editions of Shelley, Dickens ... Blake's Illustrations of the Books of Job ... a binding for Lord Herbert of Cherbury ... literary manuscripts of Sir Richard Francis Burton ...by Sotheby & Co. (London, 1963). These items were bought either by Quentin Keynes or Edwards Metcalf. OCLC: 70774374
Catalogue of valuable printed books, autograph letters
and historical documents : comprising natural history ..., Ackermann's
repository ..., a collection of drawings by Edward Lear ..., Chinese
drawings on rice paper, continental books of the 15th to 19th century ...,
letters of Castiglione ..., Napoleon, Bernadotte, Ney ..., letters and
manuscripts of Sir Richard Burton and Lady Isabel Burton ...
by Sotheby & Co. (London, England)
Publisher: London : Printed by Robert Stockwell, 1965.
Catalogue of nineteenth-century and modern first
editions, presentation copies, autograph letters and literary manuscripts :
comprising first editions of Beerbohm, Blunden, Sir Richard Burton ...
presentation copies from Sir Max Beerbohm, John Betjeman, Norman Douglas ...
autograph letters of Matthew Arnold, Blunden, Sir Winston Churchill ...
by Sotheby & Co. (London, England)
Publisher: London : Sotheby & Co., 1965.
Sir Richard Burton : Books from a Private Collection with Drawings & Related Material. Catalogue No. 1208. Maggs Bros Ltd., 1976.
Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sale 6515 including The Richard Dembeck Collection of Dada, Futurist, and Surrealist Books and Related Material; The Robert S. Dunham Collection of Early Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics; A Private Collection of Manuscripts and Books by Sir Richard Burton; Property of the Newberry Library, sold by the Order of the Board of Trustees to Augment the Permanent Book Acquisition Funds. [ Sotheby & Co., auction catalogue, sale dates: 10 & 11 December, 1993 ]. The sale included 42 lots of material relating to Sir Richard Francis Burton, chiefly important autograph letters and manuscripts.
Catalogue of valuable printed books, fine bindings,
autograph letters and historical documents : comprising herbals and
botanical books ... letters of Beckford, Richard Burton, Byron ...by Sotheby
& Co. (London, England) Publisher: London : Sotheby, ©1967.