Auctions | November 9, 2020

Exclusive Collection, Including Books & Manuscripts, Launched at Catawiki

Courtesy of Catawiki

An original summons regarding the Dreyfus Affair issued to French author Emile Zola.

Amsterdam — This weekend, Catawiki launched a selection of high value lots across the platform. This has been called the “Exclusive Selection”  Readers can find the full range of items in this collection by entering #exclusiveselection into the search box. This will offer viewers several hundred items, in every category that Catawiki offers.

Some highlights from the Exclusive Books & Manuscripts Selection:

Our inaugural “Exclusive Selection” books and manuscripts auction will find something to fascinate everyone.  
One favourite is the Original Summons issued to Emile Zola. Zola had written the article “J’accuse” in connection with the Dreyfus case, and was convicted of defamation. He appealed against his conviction, and this original document is the summons to hear the verdict. A fascinating piece of French and Jewish history.

Another fascinating lot is the François Bédos de Celles - L'art du facteur d'orgues - A landmark French study on organ building, with some beautiful engravings.

And which home is complete without a Complete copy Diderot et d'Alembert’s Encyclopedia or Reasoned Dictionary of Sciences, Arts and Crafts? This is the first edition from 1751 with more than 2,600 plates

Here you can view the Exclusive Book & Manuscript Collection. It is open for bids now, and bidding closes on Sunday 15th November at 20.00 Central European Time.

Some highlights from the Exclusive Cartography & Globes Selection:

We have several pocket globes including this rather lovely A Correct Globe with the new Discoveries. Probably produced in London in circa 1770, it is one of the first to show Cook’s 1770 voyage.

There are also Planetarium’s, world maps, city plans and country maps. Of particular interest to Fine Books' American readers, will be this c. 1760 map of New York State, published in Augsburg in 1761.

Here you can view the Exclusive collection: Cartography & Globes. It is open for bids now, and bidding closes on Sunday 15th November at 20.00 Central European Time.

“I am very pleased to present these two auctions. They represent some of the finest books, manuscripts and cartographic objects that we have yet offered. This is an exciting start to our programme of regular, exclusive auctions.” — Marc Harrison, category manager Books, Manuscripts & Cartography at Catawiki