Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of the collection of valuable printed books, manuscripts and fine bindings, the property of Count A. Oberndorff : including first or early editions of Corneille, Boileau, Beaumarchais, Hans Sachs, Cervantes, Quevedo and an important series of Lope de Vega; Schiller’s Die Räuber, 1781, and Ibsen’s Catalina, 1850. A 15th century cuir ciselé binding; German monastic bindings from Melk, Undersdorf and Tegernsee; French 16th century bindings; and an elaborate south German Renaissance binding; Spanish, Italian, Dutch and German Rococo bindings; Dedication copies to Carlo Emmanuele of Savoy and the Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol; "Le grand Arnauld’s" Plautus; bindings with the arms of Fuggers and of Prince Eugene of Savoy; an important early binding with the device of Louis XII; and Bossuet’s Oraison funèbre de Marie Thérèse, in a mourning binding with his arms (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 6 July 1955)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1955
(25 cm), 48 pp., [12] leaves of plates. 209 lots. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A theological manuscript in German (lot 174), bound in calf in the first half of the 15th century and boldly decorated in the cuir ciselé technique, realised £550; a run of 23 first or early editions of the works of Lope de Vega made a total of £429 (‘Notes on Sales’ in The Times Literary Supplement, 26 August 1955, p.500; ‘Early Editions of Lope's Works Sold’ in Bulletin of the Comediantes, volume 7, Number 2, Fall 1955, p.22). In a retrospective review of the past auction season 1954-1955, John Carter declared “it was not a season of great individual sales, and perhaps only that of Count Oberndorff at Sotheby’s is likely to be remembered by the de Riccis of the twenty-first century” (“Book Auctions” in The Times Literary Supplement, 2 November 1956, p.656). Books of the same provenance were consigned to Sotheby’s, 7-8 May 1956. ¶ Good copy.