Rare Books &c. at Auction

Courtesy of Aguttes

Simone de Beauvoir's manuscript of Les Mandarins. Estimate: €50,000–60,000

A very quiet couple of weeks to close out December and 2021 in the auction rooms. Just a trio of sales to keep an eye on through the end of the month:

The 45th Aristophil sale will be held on Aguttes on Monday, December 20: De Chateaubriand à Cioran – Raymond Queneau. The 215 lots include a collection of 266 Paul Éluard letters to his first wife, Gala (Helena Diakonova), who was later married to Salvador Dalí. These could sell for €150,000–200,000. André Gide's autograph manuscript of Les Nourritures terrestres is estimated at €100,000–120,000. Other lots of interest include Simone de Beauvoir's manuscript of Les Mandarins (€50,000–60,000) and a huge collection of some 18,000 pieces of correspondence received by Raymond Queneau between 1920 and 1976 (€40,000–50,000).

Eaton Hudson is selling the first part of the Holy Family College Rare Book Collection in an online sale which ends on Tuesday, December 21. Holy Family College, a private Catholic liberal arts college in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, closed in August due to increased expenses and decreased enrollments. The 302 lots in the online auction are a real mix of material, but the lots make for a very interesting browse.

Also ending on Tuesday, 195 lots of Fine Books and Ephemera at New England Book Auctions. Some lots of interest here include a large lot of mostly 19th-century chapbooks, a 1791 edition of Blackstone's Commentaries, and a 1701 Dutch book of magic.