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Event Date1 October 10:00 AM EDT - 15 October 12:00 AM EDT | Online auction 19988

Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana

New York
Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana

Sale Overview

Christie’s Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana auction in New York features a curated selection of works representing over 500 years of history and the book arts. The material on offer ranges from incunabula and other early printing, masterpieces of cartography from both Europe and Asia, landmarks of science and intellectual history, and both printed and manuscript Americana material from the 18th to the 20th centuries—and much more.

Highlights include the first edition of Johannes Kepler's groundbreaking Astronomia nova, a beautiful early hand-colored edition of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the mammoth Napoleonic Description de l'Egypte as well as other illustrated works documenting the history of archaeology, first editions of the key works of modern thinkers like Thomas Malthus and Darwin, and an important group of Chinese maps.

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01 Oct 10:00 AM (EDT)

Our specialist’s selection

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Rhiannon Knol

Rhiannon Knol

Associate Specialist | Books & Manuscripts

Rhiannon specializes in early printing, the classical tradition, and the history of science and ideas. Since joining Christie’s in 2017, she has been instrumental in the selling of two incunables for over $1 million: Luca Pacioli's Summa de arithmetica; and the editio princeps of Plato's dialogues. In 2021, she was Head of Sale for Selections from the Library of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Gutfreund, which was 97% sold by lot and more than doubled its pre-sale estimate. Also in 2021 she was the lead cataloguer for all early printed books in The Collection of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenberg, which totaled $11 million. She has additionally earned numerous auction records for printed works in both European and Colonial Americana.

Originally from Virginia, Rhiannon grew up in the small bookshop her mother managed and received her BA in Classics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She has an MA in Classics from UCLA, where she studied Latin literature & the history of the book and helped to catalog the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (ACMRS 2017). She previously worked at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she was the assistant curator of the 2016 exhibition The Art of Alchemy (in Berlin, Alchemie: Die Grosse Kunst), as well as a member of the curatorial team for several other major shows.

Rhiannon is active in scholarly and bookish societies—including the Grolier Club, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Women's Classical Caucus—and has contributed to publications on topics ranging from Medieval manuscripts to artists’ books. She reads Latin, ancient Greek, and French.

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