The Library of Philip Robinson. Part II : The Chinese collection (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 22 November 1988)
London, Sotheby's, 1988
(27 cm), (2) 193 (13) pp., illustrations (some in colour, some folding). 270 lots. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The most important lots were purchased by Nico Israel: the 1593 world map engraved by Liang Zhou, based on Ricci’s lost world map of 1584 (£110,000); the 1602 “Complete map of the myriad countries on the earth”, with Ming China placed at the centre (£190,000); Adam Schall’s 1634 map (£110,000); Michael Piotyr Boym’s Mappa Imperii Sinarum, c. 1652 (£60,000); and Ferdinand Verbiest’s Compendium Latinum 1668 (£21,000; now in an Australian collection). The formation of the collection is recounted by the collector himself, in “Collector’s Piece VI: Phillipps 1986: the Chinese puzzle” in The Book Collector, Summer 1976, pp.171-194. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.