Senior Specialist, Books, Maps & Manuscripts
Julian has over 20 years of experience in the antiquarian book world, and has worked for over a decade in Christie's Books & Manuscripts department.
Julian’s first job as a Christie’s Specialist was to catalogue the Foljambe Collection of natural history. This included selling a complete subscriber’s set of John Gould’s magnificent ornithological books for £1,252,500 (April 2008). He has gone on to handle many other fine natural history, science and travel books, including maps and atlases. Some of Julian’s favourite objects that he has brought to market include: a pair of John Russell’s extremely rare prints of the moon (£125,000, December 2016); two copies of Mendel’s offprint on genetics and the laws of inheritance, Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden (£242,500, July 2016 and £287,250, July 2019); an extremely rare example of the famous Chinese ‘Blue Map’, Complete Geographical Map of the Great Qing Dynasty (£137,500 December 2018); and Marx’s presentation copy of Das Kapital to his cousin (£344,750, December 2019).
He has also enjoyed being involved with non-book lots, and pioneered new markets for objects such as Apple-1 computers (£133,250, November 2010) and Enigma machines (£67,250, same sale), setting new world records at that time.
Over the past five years, Julian has grown and developed extremely successful sales of photographs, maps, posters and other ephemera relating to major 20th-century geo-political events. This ties into his life-long interest with TE Lawrence.
Julian also has a fascination with paleontology, geology and the earth sciences, and has helped catalogue a major private collection on the subject.