10 May 2021

Rare books headed to auction after surprise discovery

From Morning Report, 8:53 am on 10 May 2021

A collection of rare books is going under the hammer after a once-in-a-lifetime discovery by a New Zealand auctioneer.

The books belonged to Lawrence Baigent and Robert Erwin, two pivotal figures in the country's mid-century cultural scene.

Baigent was editor of the Caxton Press - the publisher of important poets and novelists like Janet Frame and James K Baxter. More than 100 lots are being bid for in an online auction which closes tonight.

Charles Ninow is the head of art at Webb's Auction House.

He spoke to Corin Dann.