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|December 11, 2019||Christie's - London
Animal Farm (a film famously funded by the CIA as part of the American anti-Communist effort during the Cold War); from a presentation copy inscribed by Ada Lovelace to Richard Ford of a foundational paper in the history of digital computing to a group of modern first editions inscribed to Noel Coward from 20th-century luminaries such as Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, John Lennon and Harold Pinter; and from a noble 15th-century Milanese illuminated breviary to a rare, early edition of the travels of Marco Polo, there are manuscripts, autograph letters, early and modern printing and cartography to appeal to all collectors. The top lot of the sale is a splendid copy with contemporary colouring of Valturius’ De re militari, a handbook on warfare for Renaissance princes and military leaders. Other highlights include the album amicorum of Schelomith Flaum, with contributions from Rabindranath Tagore, Gandhi, and Einstein; a remarkable book annotated by Melanchthon with a poem in praise of Pindar; and one of the most elaborately engraved maps of the western hemisphere ever produced.
Dec 7th 12pm - 5pm
Christie's - London
London, UKMore info
|December 12, 2019||Profiles in History
Comic & Illustration Art: The Property of a Distinguished American Collector
Over 200 lots of iconic original artwork from the biggest names and brightest talents in the field. Including Bernie Wrightson's magnum opus, the wraparound cover to the 1983 Marvel edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, as well as work by Frank Frazetta, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Will Eisner, John Byrne, John Buscema, and many, many more.
Auction previews (by appointment only)
Profiles in History
Calabasas, CAMore info
|December 12, 2019||Sotheby's - Paris
La Collection Ribes II
Sotheby’s is extremely pleased to announce the sale of a selection of historical pieces from the Collection Ribes. These fabulous works will be on sale at Sotheby’s Paris on 11 and 12 December and in spring 2020, and will present one of the most fascinating ensembles of paintings, French decorative arts and exceptional books to appear on the market in recent years.
The prestigious library of the comte de Ribes, comprising the most valuable French books from the 16th to the 21st centuries, was amassed by two generations of eminent bibliophiles. It includes rare original editions by Montaigne, Ronsard and Du Bellay in their contemporary bindings, as well as choice copies of remarkable illustrated 18th century volumes.
The greatest 19th century authors are represented by editions in fine paper, some inscribed. Exceptional bindings, from Paul Bonet, Monique Mathieu and Frère Claes cover original editions, from Apollinaire to Proust, as well as illustrated books by artists from Pablo Picasso to Louise Bourgeois.
Sotheby's - Paris
Paris, FranceMore info
|December 14, 2019||Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
Bidding Begins Approx. November 25th
Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, CAMore info
|December 17, 2019||Swann Auction Galleries
Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books
Swann Auction Galleries
New York, NYMore info