Christie's (New York)

Printed books and manuscripts : Signers of the Declaration of Independence, an autograph manuscript of Thomas Traherne, fine bindings and illustrated books (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie's, New York, 18 May 1984)

New York, Christie's, 1984
(26 cm), [152] pp., illustrations (some in colour). 203 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “The best of half a dozen Sang sets of signers of the Declaration of Independence, ‘best’ because it contained the highest proportion [43] of 1776 documents, brought a buoyant $320,000 [$352,000 inclusive of premium] to Kenneth Rendell” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 1984, pp.348-349. The manuscript of Traherne (lot 74) – containing some 4200 lines of unpublished verses – was purchased for $110,000 by the British Library (Hilton Kelliher, “The rediscovery of Thomas Traherne” in The Times Literary Supplement, 14 September 1984; p.1038). Includes a group of Aldines collected by Thomas B. Stevenson (lots 83-92); The Library of Congress bought the Aldine Virgil (lot 85), the first book printed in italic type, filling a conspicuous gap in the Library’s collections. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.