Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd (London)

Important early printed books, illustrated books and illuminated manuscripts : including the Würzburg Schottenkloster–Spencer–Liverpool copy of the 36-line Bible; the first edition of the Heldenbuch, Strassburg 1480, early printed books in Greek, including editiones principes of Anthologia Graeca Planudea, Apollonius Rhodius, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Pausanias, and Xenophon (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie's, London, 27 November 1991)

London, Christie's, 1991
(27 cm), 91 pp., illustrations (some in colour). 50 lots. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. “The London Christie’s sale on 27 November was arguably the high point of the season” (saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 1992, pp.94-97). The 36-line Bible sold for £1m to the sale’s only bidder, H.P. Kraus, for the Scheide Library at Princeton University. “With this acquisition Mr Scheide became the only collector besides George III, Lord Spencer, and Sir George Shuckburgh to complete a matched set of both the coveted fifteenth-century bibles printed with ‘Missal’ types” (Eric Marshall White, “New provenances for four copies of the 36-line Bible” in The Book Collector, Autumn 2013, pp.403-434 no. 10). The Earls of Malmesbury, Hurn Court copy of the 1495-1498 Aldine Aristotle sold for £88,000 (Mediolanum, against Thomas-Scheler). ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
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