Christie's - London

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

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
Dec 8th 12pm - 5pm
Dec 9th 9am - 8pm
Dec 10th 9am - 4:30pm

Christie's - London
8 King Street
St. James 's

London, UK

51.506573, -0.13736800000004