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  • 9 July 2014  |  Books & Manuscripts  |  Article Yates, Thompson and Bright: A Family of Bibliophiles A handful of unknown, rare and largely forgotten texts has been uncovered by specialists at Christie’s cataloguing a library formed by three generations of a prominent English family. Stored in the principal rooms of a grand country house, the 375 lots were acquired by successive generations of the Bright, Thompson and Yates Families from the start of the 1800s until the 1940s.
  • 27 May 2014  |  Books & Manuscripts  |  Article Book Review Christie’s specialists give tips on collecting books, and pick their favorite pieces of literature in the upcoming Fine Printed Books sale in New York on June 19.
  • 12 March 2013  |  Books & Manuscripts  |  Article Francis Crick: A Remembrance Michael Crick, son of renowned molecular biologist Francis Crick, recalls significant moments from his father’s career—including the important ‘Secret of Life’ letter his father sent to him documenting the discovery of DNA’s structure and replication. The letter will be offered at Christie’s on April 10.
  • 24 October 2012  |  Books & Manuscripts  |  Article A Good Catch Ever wanted to land a big fish? Now is your chance, when the only surviving copy of one of the earliest English books on angling is offered for sale on 30 October. It is the Boke of Hawkyinge and Huntynge and Fysshynge, printed at London by the appositely named Wynkyn de Worde, assistant and successor to William Caxton in 1518.
  • 24 October 2012  |  Books & Manuscripts  |  Article Writing Between The Notes An exceptional collection of letters by composers in the sale of Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books on 21 November 2012 provides an unusual opportunity to compare the characters, the passions – and the handwriting – of some of these great creative figures.
  • 18 June 2012  |  Books & Manuscripts  |  Article The APPLE-1 Personal Computer The original Apple computer, now known as the Apple 1, was realized by the Apple Computer Company in 1976. They were designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. His friend Steve Jobs suggested a number of improvements, and handled its sale and marketing. Jobs sold his VW, his only mode of transportation, and Wozniak his HP-65 calculator to finance its creation.