Importants livres et manuscrits (catalogue of an auction sale conducted by Christie’s, Paris, 29 November 2002)
Paris, Christie’s, 2002
(27 cm), 194 pp., illustrations (some in colour). 206 lots. Saleroom notices loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The sale “contained a beautiful copy in contemporary calf of Pascal Pensées 1670 (€15,000), and an important sheaf of Proust, part manuscript and part corrected typescript. The latter, of ‘Sodome et Gomorrhe’ from A la Recherche [lot 122], made €200,000, and a series of leaves of the sequel, ‘La Prisonnière’, some vastly extended lengthwise by pasted on sheets, made a total of €156,000 sold as five lots” (saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2003, p.81). Also sold were “Importants manuscrits historiques, correspondance de la Reine d’Espagne à sa mère Catherine de Médicis”. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.