Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of printed books and manuscripts : comprising a collection of continental books of the 16th to 19th century on painting, artists, architecture, and ornament : books on food and wine, including Apicius's De re culinaria, 1541, Argagon's Arte cisoria, 1766, Brillat-Savarin's Physiologie du goût, 1826, La Chapelle's Le cuisinier moderne, 1736-1742, Petit's L'art de trancher la viande, (1647), and an interesting 18th century manuscript recipe book [other title] … including books on food and wine from the well-known library of Harry Schraemli and Russian printed books and manuscripts from the collection of the late Count Bobrinskoy (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 28-29 February 1972)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1972
(25 cm), 98 (2) pp., 552 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The Schraemli books on wine and food are offered as lots 142-306. Also sold was the library of the connoisseur Count Alexis Bobrinskoy (1893-1971), Christie’s consultant for Greek and Russian icons (lots 343-451 are books in Russian; lots 452-508 books relating to Russia in other languages). The Bobrinskoy books “contain many loose insertions – extra portraits, typewritten notes, etc. – and numerous marginalia in Bobrinskoy’s clear Russian hand, with occasional drawings. Both violent and entertaining, these notes are redolent of his personality, giving information as to provenance and prices, scraps of historical interest which Bobrinskoy had picked up from his father… and from the latter’s very wide circle of friends, ranging from the Grand Duke Nicolas Mikailovich to Alexandre Benois” (Catalogue note). ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.

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