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Event Date6 October 12:00 PM EDT | Live auction 19289

Valuable and Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Edward R. Leahy

Valuable and Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Edward R. Leahy

Sale Overview

Valuable and Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Edward R. Leahy comprises the finest collection of modern illuminated manuscripts and jeweled and other magnificent bindings since the auction of Phoebe Boyle nearly a century ago, as well as important incunabula, English literature from Spenser to Tolkien with a particularly deep well of Charles Dickens and Samuel Johnson & his circle, works relating to Captain Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty, and a fine collection of horror including first editions of Frankenstein, Dracula, and a presentation copy of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Quietly assembled with taste and discernment over more than a half century, the authors and the works are important, and the copies in this collection are particularly noteworthy for their extraordinary condition and provenance, coming from the greatest sales of the modern era, including a remarkable fourteen lots from Phoebe Boyle's collection as well as volumes from the libraries of Jerome Kern, A. Edward Newton, Paul Francis Webster, Estelle Doheny, H. Bradley Martin, Richard Manney, William E. Self, and Cornelius Hauck.

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Auction times
06 Oct 12:00 PM (EDT) Lots 1-116
06 Oct 02:00 PM (EDT) Lots 117-214

Our specialist’s selection

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Rhiannon Knol

Rhiannon Knol

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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