27 - 28 June 2006
SPURZHEIM, Johann Christoph (1776-1832). Outlines of the Physiognomical System of Drs. Gall and Spurzheim: Indicationg the Dispositions and Manifestations of the Mind. London: Baldwin, Craddock and Joy, 1815.
12o (160 x 94 mm). Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary English calf, each cover with acid-stained drawn caricature relating to Spurzheim, gilt panelled, smooth spine gilt, black morocco lettering pieces, edges gilt, by Lee of Lewes, gilt-stamped in lettering piece on spine (some light edgewear).
A.N.L. Munby wrote of this "highly original and unusual type of binding": "On each cover is a well-drawn caricature relevant to the volume's contents. These pictures, apparently drawn in acid in a technique similar to that which produces 'tree' calf, must have required a very sure touch in their execution and a control of materials which compelled the admiration of a modern binder to whom I showed the book" ("Collecting English Signed Bindings," in: The Book Collector (Autumn 1953) vol.2, no.3, illustrated pl. 6).
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
This is one of only three such historic newspapers confirmed to still exist — and it is the first time that one of them has ever been offered at auction
A 360-degree view of important works from the Renaissance to the 20th century ahead of our four auctions in Paris this May, including a drawing from Tiepolo’s Punchinello series, illustrated books by Picasso and an 18th-century equinoctial sundial
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
Our Books and Manuscripts specialists advise on a richly rewarding and ever-evolving collectors’ market
A special preview of works available for immediate purchase through Christie’s Private Sales service
With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago