RESULTS: Valuable Printed Books & Manuscripts - London, 12 June 2013

The sale of Valuable Printed Books & Manuscripts realised a total of £3,197,025 /$4,987,359 /€3,740,519 and was 74% sold by lot and 87% sold by value.

London

101 lots sold

Total: £3,197,025 /$4,987,359 /€3,740,519

     74% sold by lot

136 lots offered

$1.56= £1 / €1.17 =£1

    87% sold by value

 

Lot  

Description

Estimate (£)

Price Realised

Buyer

82

VERGILIUS MARO, PUBLIUS (70-19 B.C.). Opera (Bucolica, Georgica, Aeneid, with argumenta). Venice: Vindelinus de Spira, 1470.

500,000 - 800,000

£1,181,875

$1,843,725

€1,382,794

US Trade

31

Richard Rolle (d.1349), De Emendatione Vitae;  Walter Hilton (d.1396), translated by Thomas Fishlake, Scala Perfectionis; and other texts, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, [London, c.1450s]

100,000 - 150,000

£121,875

$190,125

€142,594

Anonymous

53

LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924). Autograph letter signed as President of the Council of People's Commissars (using both his birth name and his assumed name, 'V. Ulyanov (Lenin)') to 'Comrade members of the Russian Communist Party and comrades working in all Soviet organisms and institutions', Kremlin, Moscow, 11 November 1920

50,000 - 70,000

£121,875

$190,125

€142,594

Anonymous

32

The Book of The Fraternity of The Holy Spirit of Billerbeck, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, [Germany, likely the diocese of Münster, end 15th century]

70,000 - 100,000

£85,875

$133,965

€100,474

European Trade

45

DONNE, John (1572-1631). Manuscript copy of his earliest extant verse collection [c.1612-14]

20,000 - 30,000

£85,875

$133,965

€100,474

Anonymous

30

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, [Paris, c.1510]

40,000 - 60,000

£67,875

$105,885

€79,414

European Trade

100

SMITH, Adam (1723-1790). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776.

45,000 - 65,000

£67,875

$105,885

€79,414

European Private

29

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, [Rouen, c.1465]

30,000 - 50,000

£49,875

$77,805

€58,354

US Trade

52

LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924). Telegram addressed to [the French socialist Henri] Guilbeaux in Geneva, n.p. Bern, 11.10 a.m., 6 April 1917

20,000 - 30,000

£49,875

$77,805

€58,354

Asian Trade

7

THE FALL OF MAN, miniature with full border on a leaf from Raoul de Presles's French translation of St Augustine, De civitate Dei, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

[Paris, c.1405]

20,000 - 30,000

£47,475

$74,061

€55,546

UK Private

             

 

    Comment: Margaret Ford, Senior Director, Head of Department, Books and Manuscripts: “The newly discovered Vergil has joined the exclusive club of books sold for over £1 million.  Its extreme rarity, importance and beauty was appreciated and admired by international clients around the world ahead of the sale, resulting in several private collectors competing for the privilege of adding this trophy to their collection. Christie’s now firmly leads the field in selling books for over £1 million.  Unique manuscripts continue to be highly appealing, as shown by the top results, and these have found new homes around the world.  Rare offprints by Alan Turing closed the sale, selling for a combined total of £72,125, trebling their pre-sale low estimate.”

 

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Next Sale: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts at Christie’s South Kensington on 18 June 2013

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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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