Richard Fattorini joined Sotheby’s Book department in 1999, and was later appointed Director.
Mr Fattorini specialises in exploration & travel, colour-plate books, historical photographs, and maps. He catalogues the regular sales of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History.
Notable single-owner collections and libraries he has worked on include:
- Franklin Brooke-Hitching: Exploration & Discovery 1576-1939 (2014-15), £7.5m (to date)
- Photographs of Imperial India: The Sven Gahlin Collection (2014), £160,000
- Fine Travel and Plate Books (2013), £2.5m
- Greece and the Levant (2008), £1.3m
- The Earls of Macclesfield: Part 9, Voyages, Travel, and Atlases (2007), £4m
- The Wardington Library: Important Atlases & Geographies (2005-2006), £14.5m
- Robert and Maria Travis: India and the Far East (2005), £1m
- Humphrey Winterton: East Africa (2003), £698,000
- The Ottoman World, including the library of Sefik Atabey (2002), £5.6m
- Magnificent Plate Books from the Library of the Earl of Bradford (2000), £2.5m
Other career highlights include:
- The discovery of an unrecorded Julia Margaret Cameron album of photographs presented to her godson Val Prinsep in 1869. Sold in December 2013 for £242,000
- The sale of the Gibsons of Scilly archive of shipwreck photographs in November 2013 for £122,000 to the National Maritime Museum
- The discovery of an important group of early photographs of Burma and India by Captain Linneaus Tripe; sold in 2011 for a total of £830,000
- Achieving an auction world record of £350,000 for John Thomson’s photobook Foochow and the River Min (1873) in November 2012
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a committee member of The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group and a member of the editorial board of The Photo Historian. He read English Literature and Language at Oxford University.