Diderot’s Encyclopédie Tops Christie's Livres Rares et Manuscrits Auction
The top lot of the sale was the Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire des sciences, des arts et des métiers par une société de gens de lettres by Denis Diderot (1713-1784) and Jean le Rond D'Alembert (1717-1783) which sold for €81,900, beating its high estimate of €50,000.
Other highlights included:
- Preemption by the Bibliothèque nationale de France for an illuminated missal from the end of the 14th century from Notre-Dame de Paris which realized €56,700
- A fascinating archive from artist Frédéric Delanglade, linked to the Surrealists' reinvention of the traditional playing cards, sold for €22,500 (estimate: €4,000-5,000)
- Le Cimetière marin (Paris, Émile Paul Frères, 1920), an Arches wove copy of the first edition of one of Paul Valéry's most lauded poems in a superb allusive binding by Pierre-Lucien Martin, which made €12,600 (estimate : €700-1,000)