Books & Manuscripts

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Christie’s International Books and Manuscripts department offers for sale the cream of the world’s printed books, medieval manuscripts, autograph letters and archives, through auction or private sale, based in our three principal sale rooms in New York, London and Paris.

The remarkable range of material offered by the department is demonstrated by just three of the highlights of our 2015 sales: the extraordinary 9th-century ‘Gospels of Queen Theutberga’, sold in London on 15 July for £1.99 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the only surviving manuscript of the Federalist Papers in private hands, penned by John Jay, sold in New York on 8 December for $1,445,000, and the splendid collection of Renaissance and historical bindings assembled by Maurice Burrus (Paris, 15 December, €2,470,000). The year’s auctions saw prestigious single-owner sales from the collections of bibliophiles past and present including Joel Spitz, Anthony Hobson, Jean Bonna, John Davidson, Charles E. Sigety, and medical and scientific works from the library of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The department also broke new ground in 2015 with its first-ever online sale, the highly successful Script and Illumination: Leaves from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Highlights of the summer 2016 sales season include important travel, exploration and cartography from the collection of Jean R. Perrette (New York, 5 April, $9.44m), a dedicated sale of original comic-book art in Paris (Bande Dessinée, 21 May), and twin sales in London on 25 May, comprising illuminated manuscripts from the collection of Maurice Burrus and the unique auction of Shakespeare, the Four Folios.

UPCOMING SALES FROM THIS DEPARTMENT

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part II

London, King Street

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

London, King Street

Friday, 2 December 2016

Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

London, King Street

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