New York — The March 11 sale of The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye was led by De humani corporis fabrica (On the fabric of the human body) by the Flemish physician Andreas Vesalius, which realized $325,075. This book was a first edition of one of the most influential books in Western medicine, published in Basel in 1543. In addition, exceptional prices were achieved in the section of Johns Hopkins and its First Faculty, which was 98% sold by lot.
Bonhams Director of Books and Manuscripts in New York, Ian Ehling, commented: “We had a tremendous response from collectors throughout the exhibition and auction of Dr. Fye’s collection. We were so pleased with the results achieved for one of the most comprehensive medical and scientific libraries. We look forward to continuing this momentum with additional works from the collection with the online-only sale, which opens for bidding today.”
The sale of The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye continues with an additional 344 lots, which will be sold in an online-only sale starting on March 12 to 21. For more information on this online-only sale, please click here.
Image: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. Price realized: $325,075