Our auction of Books and Manuscripts in Paris on 18 December brought together some 179 lots and reached a total of €1.15 million, with 80.2% of lots sold by value. The top lot was Jean-Dominique Cassini’s Map of the Moondating from 1679, which achieved €103,500 against a high estimate of €40,000. An unknown masterpiece by Pablo Picasso and Honoré de Balzac (1931) was also widely appreciated by lovers of literature, reaching €55,500. Finally, numerous Almanacs also attracted buyers, including a Royal Almanac of 1752 that belonged to Louis XV, which wassold for €37,500.
Among the highlights of our December Livres and Manuscrits auction are not only a stunning collection of 500 royal almanacs, most of which bear stamped or painted coat of arms, but also Le Voyage du jeune Anacharsis on large paper (1788) in a beautiful tinted binding attributed to Derome. A very rare first edition of Racine's works from 1675 will also be showcased, as well as Cassini's exceptional Lunar Map (1679, first edition, without the caption).
Literature is also represented through works by Camus, Gracq (inscribed to Char),Cendrar’s L'Or and Joyce’sUlysse, both inscribed to August Suter, as well as a manuscript by Sartre dated 1967 on the genocide in Vietnam.