Christie's (London & New York)

The Estelle Doheny collection from the Edward Laurence Doheny Memorial Library, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, sold on behalf of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Part I: Fifteenth century books including the Gutenberg bible § Part II: Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts § Part III: Printed books and manuscripts including Western Americana § Part IV: Printed books and manuscripts including early printing, literature and fine bookbinding § Part V: Printed books and manuscripts including Americana, literature and fine bindings § Part VI: Printed books and manuscripts concerning William Morris and his circle § The Estelle Doheny Collection… Index, an alphabetical check-list, with prices realized, of the six sale catalogues of Printed Books and Manuscripts, October 1987 to May 1989, compiled by Anja Becker § The Estelle Doheny collection from St. Mary’s of the Barrens, Perryville, Missouri: Fine printed books and manuscripts (catalogues of books and manuscripts collected by Estelle Doheny, sold in New York, by Christie's, 22 October 1987-19 May 1989 and 14 December 2001)

New York / London, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. / Christie, Manson & Woods, 1987-2001
Eight volumes (31 cm), I (22 October 1987): 302 (6) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 1-136. II (2 December 1987): 125 (7) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 137-182. III (1-2 February 1988): 320 (12) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 183-1010. IV (17-18 October 1988): 345 (15) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 1015-1672. V (21-22 February 1989): 316 (10) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 1673-2231. VI (19 May 1989): 103 (9) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 2232-2370. [VII] (Index): 99 (35) pp. With supplementary catalogue (14 December 2001): 436 (2) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 1-451. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted in vols. I-VI. Uniformly bound in publisher’s red printed boards. - “Mere mortals who cannot afford to buy items from the collection might well content themselves with trying to get hold of all the catalogues of the sales: it is already almost impossible to lay hands on a copy of the first volume containing the early printed books – a complete set of the catalogues may well turn out to be a shrewd investment” (from a notice by H.R. Woudhuysen of part II, in The Times Literary Supplement, 25 December 1987, p.1432). Sale results (prices and buyers’ names) are reprinted in the Index volume. ¶ This is an excellent copy is ordinary issue; 100 numbered copies, with gilt edges and a ribbon book marker, also were distributed.
Subjects
Americana - Collections, USA - Doheny (Estelle), 1875-1958
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1987
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1987-2001
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1988
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1989
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2001
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Auction sale catalogues
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Collections, USA - Doheny (Estelle), 1875-1958
Printing - Europe, 1455-1500 - Auction sale catalogues
Printing - Europe, 1455-1500 - Collections, USA - Doheny (Estelle), 1875-1958
Authors/Creators
Christie's (London & New York)
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)
Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd (London)
Artists/Illustrators
Morris, William, 1834-1896
Owners
Doheny, Estelle, 1875-1958
St. John's Seminary (Camarillo, CA)
Auction date
19871022
19871202
19880201
19881017
19890221
19890519
20011214
  • This collection contains

  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny collection from the Edward Laurence Doheny Memorial Library, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, sold on behalf of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Part I: Fifteenth century books including the Gutenberg Bible (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., New York, 22 October 1987)

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1987
    (31 cm), 302 (6) pp., illustrations (most in colour, some folding). 136 lots. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - The catalogue entries are supplemented by reproductions of binding tools (pp.263-267) and an essay by Eberhard König, “illuminated incunabula in the Doheny Library” (pp.285-302). ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd (London)

    The Estelle Doheny collection … Part II : Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 2 December 1987)

    London, Christie, Manson & Woods, 1987
    (31 cm), 125 (7) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 137-182. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - “Maggs bought the Zacharias Chrysopolitanus, a 12th century Southern English manuscript with initials of considerable quality if uncertain provenance, for £1,700,000, for a buyer resident in England [Paul Getty]. Berès, on the other hand, took back to France a very fine ‘Toryesque’ Hours at £800,000, and the Battista Agnese Portolan went to Scheler at £600,000. Although these were the highest prices, they were not far out of the way, the Liesborn Gospels, German, 10th century, with an odd binding (one carved wooden board, the other 15th century calf), went at £380,000 to Ferrini [by 2015 migrated via Martin Schøyen to Les Enluminures, The Idda Collection: Romanesque Biblical Manuscripts c. 1000 to 1240, item 1] who also bought an elaborate Parisian ‘Bible Historiale’ (£260,000). Tenschert bought the fine Speculum B.V.M., 13th century (£210,000), and, at £160,000 (a remarkable price) an exceptionally fine Parisian Bible, late 13th century. Ferrini and Tenschert also bought a number of lesser lots, also above estimate” (saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 1988, p.99). ¶ Unmarked copy
  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny collection … Part III : Printed books and manuscripts including Western Americana (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, 1-2 February 1988)

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1988
    (31 cm), 320 (12) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 183-1010. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - An eight-leaf fragment of the Gutenberg Bible (lot 771, from the copy broken by Gabriel Wells in 1921) sold for $187,000 (Kraus). ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny collection … Part IV : Printed books and manuscripts including early printing, literature and fine bookbinding (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., New York, 17-18 October 1988)

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1988
    (31 cm), 345 (15) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 1015-1672. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - An alla greca binding for Marcus Laurinus on the 1502 Aldine Sophocles made $198,000 (H.P. Kraus, vs. Bernard Breslauer), another alla greca binding on the 1504 Homer made $52,800 (Breslauer, vs. Maggs). Pickering and Chatto bought the Aldine Septuagint for $44,000. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny collection … Part V : Printed books and manuscripts including Americana, literature and fine bindings (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., New York, 21-22 February 1989)

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1989
    (31 cm), 316 (10) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 1673-2231. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny collection … Part VI : Printed books and manuscripts concerning William Morris and his circle (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., New York, 19 May 1989)

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1989
    (31 cm), 103 (7) pp., illustrations (most in colour, some folding). Lots numbered 2232-2370. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny Collection … Index, an alphabetical check-list, with prices realized, of the six sale catalogues of Printed Books and Manuscripts, October 1987 to May 1989, compiled by Anja Becker

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1989
    (31 cm), 99 (1); (34) pp. Publisher’s printed boards. - A sale of paintings, prints, furniture, porcelain, Oriental and European works of art, conducted by Christie’s at St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, 3-4 February 1988, completes the series. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. (New York)

    The Estelle Doheny collection from St. Mary’s of the Barrens, Perryville, Missouri : Fine printed books and manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., New York, 14 December 2001)

    New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 2001
    (31 cm), 436 pp., illustrations. 451 lots. Publisher’s printed boards. - “A mixed success, which reflected its mixed quality… The gift of the library was an even odder expiatory gesture than its grander twin at Camarillo, and will be less missed locally; its dispersal will benefit Kenya, whither the Vincentians aim to channel the funds” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2002, pp.102-103). Catalogue contains Goff-order and provenance indexes for 15th century printed books, and rubbings of binding tools for 15th century printed books. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
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