The sale of Music, Continental Books & Manuscripts made £1,927,375. The highlight of the sale was Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia, which achieved £338,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £250,000-350,000.
Among the books, scores and manuscripts of the highest rarity and value in this sale are a first edition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (few works were published during his lifetime and all are very rare); autograph music by Mozart, Offenbach, Martinu and Webern; manuscripts and watercolours by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn; a letter by Goya and autograph drafts of librettos by Verdi. Among the rare books in the sale are a first edition of Newton’s Principia Mathematica, Russian editions by Pushkin (Poltava), Magnitskii and Noverre, books by Mitelli, Racine and a collection of important early playing cards.
The binding is of brown morocco, not calf as stated in the printed catalogue
There is an illustration for this lot at the foot of page 34 (it is labelled incorrectly "50")
This lot has been withdrawn from the sale.
This lot should have a double dagger symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the 'Temporary Importation Arrangement' and import VAT will be charged at 5% on the hammer price, although in appropriate circumstances the VAT may be cancelled or refunded. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.
This lot also contains a poster by Dimitri Moor, Chortova kukla [Devil's puppet] (Moscow: 1920), 700 x 440mm., giving a total of 24 posters.
As stated in the catalogue, the leaves are on guards. However, the volume is complete.
This lot should have no VAT symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the auctioneer's margin scheme and VAT will not be charged on the hammer price. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.
There is an illustration for this lot on page 119 of the printed catalogue (wrongly numbered "220")
This lot is not illustrated in the printed catalogue; however, the illustration for it in the online and iPad versions is correct.
The pencil annotations in this volume (which also has an inscription by Schreker's daughter Haidy) are found on eight pages of the score.