Sotheby's (London)

The Library of Philip Robinson. Part I § Part II: The Chinese collection (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby's, London, 23 June 1988 and 22 November 1988)

London, Sotheby's, 1988
Two volumes (27 cm), I (23 June 1988): 230, (14) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 1-298. II (22 November 1988): 193, (3) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1-270. Lists of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The collector “had the enjoyment of seeing his own collection sold at Sotheby’s with great éclat” (from an obituary notice in The Book Collector, Autumn 1991, pp.426-429). ¶ Annotated copies, partly priced.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1988
Manuscripts, Oriental - Collections, UK - Robinson (Philip), 1902-1991
Prints - Chinese - Collections, UK - Robinson (Philip), 1902-1991
Authors/Creators
Sotheby's (London)
Owners
Robinson, Philip, 1902-1991
Auction date
19880623
19881122
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    The Library of Philip Robinson. Part I (catalogues for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 23 June 1988)

    London, Sotheby's, 1988
    (27 cm), 230 (14) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 298 lots. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Includes (lot 50) a late 13th century medical anthology from Bury St Edmunds Abbey, in a medieval binding (lot 50, £48,400 to Quaritch) and the Sir Henry Strachey papers on the American War of Independence (lot 109, £176,000 to “Sloan”). “It was a wonderfully varied bill of fare, and the buyers made the most of it” (saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 1988, p.401). ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
    Subjects
    Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1988
    Authors/Creators
    Sotheby's (London)
    Owners
    Robinson, Philip, 1902-1991
    Auction date
    19880623
  • Sotheby's (London)

    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.
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