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2011 marked the 235th anniversary of James Christie’s first library sale (when he sold ten Caxtons, including a Chaucer for £6). The intervening years have seen many of the world’s finest books and manuscripts pass through the company, including in recent decades the most expensive book or manuscript ever sold - Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester ($30.8 million; October 1994) - and the world’s most expensive medieval manuscript - the Rothschild Prayerbook (£8,580,000, July 1999).

Today, Christie’s international book department continues to offer for sale the cream of the world’s printed books, medieval manuscripts, autograph letters and archives, through auction or private sale, based in our four principal sale rooms in New York, London (King Street and South Kensington) and Paris.

UPCOMING SALES FROM THIS DEPARTMENT

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts

London, South Kensington

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Books and Manuscripts

New York, Rockefeller Center

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