With more than 85% of lots sold and 90% by value, the books and manuscripts department confirmed its position on the market. The last auction of the year brought the total of the department to €7.7 million in 2015.
The highest auction of the sale went to the prestigious edition of Jean de la Fontaine, illustrated by Oudry, which sold for €137,400, well-above its high-estimate. L’Astrée by Honoré d’Urfé, an extremely rare copy, achieved €120,600.
Our upcoming Books and Manuscripts auction on 17 December will bring together literary works from the 16th to the 20th century including an attractive collection on vellum of Marot’s works (1541) and those of Villon published by Marot, as well as original editions by Apollinaire, Breton, Eluard, Saint-John Perse, and Paul Valéry. There will also be a fine collection of scientific books.
Manuscripts will also be honoured with a beautiful poem autographed by Apollinaire, an exceptional letter illustrated by Robert Delaunay, and letters written by Chateaubriand, Céline, Bloy, Proust, Gide and Valéry, to name but a few. The sale, as always, will feature books illustrated by artists such as Bonnard, Dubuffet, Léger, Picasso, Zao Wou-Ki, including a book hand-written and illustrated by Torres-García.