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BRITISH PICTURES.: [Sale Catalogue of] Important British Pictures. 17 November 1989. Sale Code Town-4164
Christie's, 1989 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous fine coloured reproductions (many full-page and a number folding); original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. The catalogue lists 165 notable works. (Book ref. 19051) £15.00
Elveden Hall. Thetford: Christie's on the Premises. Elveden Hall, Thetford, Norfolk. Sale Catalogues. The Property of the Earl of Iveagh. COMPLETE SET IN SLIP-CASE
Christies, 1984 7 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and reproductions throughout; original wrappers, a very good, bright set in publisher's board slip-case. The set comprises: Vol. I: Pictures, Prints and Drawings; Vol. II: Furniture; Vol. III: Tapestries, Textiles and Carpets; Vol. IV: European and Oriental Ceramics; Vol. V: Silver; Vol. VI: Books; Vol. VII: History of Elveden by Clive Aslet. Complete sets in the slip-case are uncommon (Book ref. 17346) £110.00
Decorative Arts: DECORATIVE ARTS. [Sale Catalogue of] Twentieth Century Decorative Arts. 12 May 1991. Sale Code: Hollywood
Christies (International) SA., Geneva, 1991 8vo., First Edition, with 3 large folding coloured plates and very numerous fine coloured photographs throughout; original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. The sale comprises 363 lots, including pictures, furniture, metalwork, jewellery & silver, Viennese design, ceramics, lalique and postwar Italian glass. Notable items include Dupas' 'Chariot of Thetis' (from the liner SS Normandie), a Rateau triptych wall mirror, and Rembrandt Bugatti rhinoceros. (Book ref. 17199) £42.00
HARVARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. HOUGHTON COLLECTION. HOUGHTON (A.A), Jnr.: [Sale Catalogue of] Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Arthur A Houghton Jnr. [Foreword by W H Bond, Houghton Library Librarian]. [Complete set]
Christie's, 1979-[1980] 2 vols., 4to., with 2 frontispieces (one in colour), 5 coloured plates, 93 plates in monochrome, and very numerous reproductions and facsimiles (many full-page) in the text; original printed boards, upper boards with triple gilt frame border, lower boards blocked in gilt, a very good, clean set. Part I: A-L; Part II: M-Z. This remarkable sale comprised 850 lots. 'The collection is primarily of English literature, with emphasis on the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. The few excursions outside that range are exceptional books and manuscripts. Almost all that Houghton acquired is of superlative quality and interest - frequently the kind of item that causes one to be astonished that it should even exist. For example, of just over seventy-five Short-title Catalogue books appearing in the first part of the sale, more than a dozen are either unique, or the only known perfect copy, or the only one yet remaining in private hands'. Foreword. Houghton's watchwords were association, condition and rarity. Among the manuscripts are long runs of letters from Elizabeth and Robert Browning, two letters from Evelyn to Pepys, and the earliest holograph draft of Locke's 'Essay', arguably the most important of all English philosophical manuscripts in private hands. The descriptions are appropriately detailed, with full collations and standard references for virtually every item, making the two volumes a valuable bibliographical resource. A bright set of a highly important catalogue. (Book ref. 16668) £40.00
TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH ART.: [Sale Catalogue of] 20th Century British Art. 4 March 1998. Sale Code MTB-7911
Christie's, 1998 [Sale Catalogue of] 20th Century British Art. 4 March 1998. Sale Code MTB-79114to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome reproductions in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprises 164 lots, including works by Ayrton, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Knight, Munnings, Pissarro, Tonks and Wolfe among others. (Book ref. 13023) £12.00
TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH ART.: [Sale Catalogue of] 20th Century British Art. 11 June. Sale Code MOD-8019
Christie's, 1998 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome reproductions in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprises 169 lots. (Book ref. 13024) £12.00
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ART.: [Sale Catalogue of] Post-War and Contemporary British Art. 25 May 1995. Sale Code: Yale-5398
Christie's, 1995 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome reproductions in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprises 288 lots. (Book ref. 13027) £12.00
MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH PAINTINGS, WATERCOLOURS, DRAWINGS. AND SCULPTURE: [Sale Catalogue of] Modern British and Irish Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture. 21 November 1995. Sale Code: YURT-5512
Christie's, 1995 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome reproductions in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprises 255 lots. (Book ref. 13026) £14.00
MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH PAINTINGS, WATERCOLOURS, DRAWINGS. AND SCULPTURE: [Sale Catalogue of] Modern British and Irish Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture. 14 May 1992. Sale Code: YIN-4757
Christie's, 1992 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome reproductions in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprises 215 lots. (Book ref. 13025) £14.00
[NELSON (H), Admiral. HAMILTON (E), Lady]. EDWIN WOLF COLLECTION.: [Sale Catalogue of] Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Historical Documents, including the Collection of Nelson and Hamilton belonging to Edwin Wolf 2nd (Part I). 21 June 1989
Christie's, 1989 4to., with numerous coloured and monochrome facsimiles(a number full-page) throughout; original printed wrappers, a fine copy. The Edwin Wolf Collection of autographs and documents relating to Nelson and his circle is perhaps the finest to have been assembled in private hands. The first portion, presented here, comprises lots 208-283 (lots 277-283 being prints and portraits). The lots are illustrated by several coloured and monochrome facsimiles. (Book ref. 10893) £28.00
Knight Library: [Sale Catalogue of] The Library of the late Kenneth H. Knight...On the History of Science and EconomicsJ
Christie's, 1979 8vo., with a frontispiece and numerous facsimiles in the text; original wrappers, a fine copy. This well-known collection, comprising 391 lots, was sold on 31 October (Book ref. 131) £13.00
Evelyn (J). The Evelyn Library: [Sale Catalogue of] The Evelyn Library [Complete Set]
Christie's, 1977-78 4 vols., 4to., with 4 frontispieces (2 in colour and one folding), 108 plates of facsimiles, 32 fine coloured plates of bindings and numerous facsimiles in the text; original printed boards, joints of two volumes worn and rubbed else a very good, clean set. This series of sales was confined to books printed before Evelyn's death in 1706. (Book ref. 8199) £84.00
Cartography: [Sale Catalogue of]...1 June
Christie's, 1999 4to., with a coloured frontispiece and very numerous coloured and monochrome facsimiles (a number full-page) in the text; original printed wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprised 64 lots, including a fine coloured copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), Blaeu's Tooneel der Steden (Amsterdam, 1649-51) and a pair of Cartaro globes (estimate 120,000-150,000). (Book ref. 56) £10.00
Americana: [Sale Catalogue of] Printed Books and Manuscripts, Wednesday 9 June 1999
Christie's, New York, 1999 4to., with numerous fine coloured and tinted illustrations and facsimiles (a number full-page) throughout; original illustrated wrappers, a fine copy. This notable sale, held at the Rockefeller Plaza, comprised no fewer than 305 lots of outstanding quality and importance. The books and MSS were drawn from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Walter J Johnson Inc., the Western Historical Reserve Society and the Ian Woodner Family Collection. The sale was remarkable for its assembly of items relating to the American Revolution, Civil War and other historical periods, and for the number of US Presidents represented by autograph material and other memorabilia (Book ref. 1928) £18.00
Italian Printing. Parsons Fragment. [Leiden Christi. The First Italian printed Book]: [Sale Catalogue of] The Parsons Fragment of Italian Prototypography. The Property of the Grandchildren of the Hon. Edward Alexander Parsons...23 November...
Christie's, 1998 4to., with a fine coloured frontispiece and 18 fine full-page coloured facsimiles in the text; original printed wrappers, a fine copy. The Parsons fragment of the Leiden Christi [c.1462-63?] is unique. It is the only known example of the FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN ITALY, as well as being the FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN ITIALIAN, and employing a UNIQUE TYPE FOUNT (Book ref. 136) £12.00