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Event Date23 March 02:30 PM CET | Live auction 19554

La bibliothèque poétique de Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller - Première partie

La bibliothèque poétique de Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller - Première partie

Sale Overview

Christie's is pleased to present La bibliothèque poétique de Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, this March at our Paris location.

Sixty years in the making, the library of Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller is the tangible incarnation of his passion for 16th-centry French poetry and La Pléiade. Ronsard, the Prince of Poets, is at the heart of this collection -without any equivalent, it is the most complete set ever assembled.

Ronsard’s contemporaries and successors, spanning from the most famous (Joachim du Bellay, Philippe Desportes, Jean-Antoine de Baïf, Rémy Belleau) to lesser-known names (Jean de La Gessée, Marc Papillon de Lasphrise) are also present through selected copies.

This inaugural session intends to pay tribute, of course, to these poets, but first and foremost, to the passion of a unique collector.  

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23 Mar 02:30 PM (CET) Lots 1-121

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Adrien Legendre

Adrien Legendre

Head of Department | Books & Manuscripts

After graduating from the Sorbonne in 2005 with a degree in History, Adrien Legendre joined a prestigious Parisian book dealer, then the Books department of an international auction house, spending 5 years in Paris and 4 subsequent years in New York.<br> In July 2017, Adrien joined Christie’s as the Head of the Books and Manuscripts department in Paris. He led with success the sale the Baroness Thysen-Bornemiza collection in 2017, the Juan de Besteigui collection in 2018 (€1,970,625, with 100% of lots sold), the Marc Litzler collection in 2019 (€4,401,375), The Paul Destribats Bibliothèque des Avant-Gardes part 1 in 2019 (€8,116,812), The Alfred Cortot collection in 2019 (€1,839,000), The Library of Martine de Behague and the Counts of Ganay, part 1 in 2019 (€1,641,250), The Paul Destribats Bibliothèque des Avant-Gardes part 2 (€2,171,425, with 100% of lots sold).<br> Thanks to his international experience, Adrien secured major consignments for the London and New York sales, including the Declaration Of Independence (Stone, 1823), which sold for US$852,500 in 2018.

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