Alde Manuce (1450-1515): une collection (catalogue for an auction conducted by Pierre Bergé & associés with the expertise of Jean-Baptiste de Proyart, Hôtel d’Angleterre, Geneva, 19 November 2004)
Geneva, Pierre Bergé & associés, 2004
(27 cm), 157 (3) pp., illustrations (most in colour). 127 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. Laser-print price list loosely inserted. - “A nucleus of the collection came from the Soragna library, bought and enlarged by the late Carlo Alberto Chiesa, sold to and further enlarged by Pierre Berès, whose masterly hand could be surmised behind this triumph. Estimates (in Swiss francs and euros) were high, but held up well… The first lot, the 1495 Lascaris, failed to sell, but that was the only such lapse” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2005, pp.87-88). ¶ Copiously annotated, partly priced copy.