Fine Books and Works on Paper: Day Two

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Fine Books and Works on Paper: Day Two


Day Two of our Fine Books and Works on Paper auction encompasses antiquarian books and works on paper across a range of disciplines. A remarkable private collection of early continental printing contains a number of important works by Aldus such as a superb copy of an important typographic landmark, Pietro Bembo’s De Aetna, and a first edition of the sumptuously illustrated Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Other highlights include three richly illustrated editions of Aesop and the first edition of La Fontaine’s Fables.


The continental printing section continues with the first editions of Voltaire’s Candide and Descartes’ Discours de la Methode and the dedication copy of Cicero’s Epistolae Familiares, printed by Aldus, one of only 4 copies known on vellum. Another notable lot in this section, appropriate in light of our association with Philobiblon Gallery, is the excessively scarce second edition of Richard de Bury’s Philobiblon, the first work on the care, preservation and collecting of books. English Literature also features with a first edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost. The sale concludes with Old Master prints, featuring a private collection that includes four works by Albrecht Dürer, an early proof impression of Robetta’s Adoration of the Magi, and an exceptional copy of Michele Marieschi’s etched views of Venice. Other highlights include a rare and exceptional example of Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s Picturesque Ideas on the Flight into Egypt, and an impressive set of seven engravings by William Blake illustrating Dante’s Inferno.


Thursday 14th July 2016 2:00pm BST

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