This impressive library encompasses early Greek printing, including eleven Aldines, accounts of travels in Greece and the Levant, costume of the Ottoman Empire, art and architecture, and fine colour-plate and illustrated books, including a magnificent gold illuminated Qur’an.
Extraordinary Colour Plate Books
This sale offers extraordinary colour plate books. Each tell a story about Greek culture and history in the most picturesque fashion. Depicted are episodes from the Greek War of Independence, Etruscan vases, and costume.
This sale features a pristine collection of works illustrated by François-Louis Schmied (1871-1941). Schmied is an emblematic representative of the Art Deco movement. He was chiefly dedicated to the art of the book, book-binding and wood engraving which he learned at the Ecole des Arts Industriels in Geneva. Books illustrated by Schmied were very expensive to produce, which is why they were printed in small and exclusive editions.