Rare Book Auction

What is the Rare Book Auction

Every two years a major auction is held for extraordinary finds – the antiquities, the alluring, the curious and the fascinating books that have a value beyond that great holiday read. These books are certainly worth collecting.

And what makes the books so special? 

Well, it could be their rarity, their provenance, their artistic value, their local historical significance, their academic influence, or even quality of their printing and binding. For more information regarding a book’s value, please check out Sotheby’s guide to rare books.

Thanks to the eagle eyes of The Book Group Volunteers, we often have a number of precious items to be sold at our Rare Book Auction.

Funds raised from the Rare Book Auction go towards scholarships, bursaries and research grants to help further the education of students at UQ. 

Recherches Arithmetiques by Carl Friedrich Gauss

In the past, The Book Group has discovered a number of very exciting books.

Recherches Arithmetiques by Carl Friedrich Gauss

Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), a mathematical genius in his time, was credited with the definition of The Method of Least Squares, which is widely used for fitting lines and curves to discrete sets of data. In 2019, Alumni Friends donated the book to the Fryer Library collection, on the understanding that it would be placed on display at the School of Mathematics & Physics (following restoration funded by the School). Find out more.

Rare Book Auction in the media

Gilt-edged Jane Austen set among rare books at UQ auction and fair

Brisbane’s only major book fair and rare book auction for 2021

Rare volumes of Captain Cook's voyage on auction at UQ fundraiser