Catalogue of the distinguished collection of modern French illustrated books of the late M. Nicolas Rauch of Geneva : comprising books illustrated by Arp, Beaudin, Bonnard, Boussingault, Braque, Brianchon, Chagall, Chirico, Clavé, Dali, Degas, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Maurice Denis, Derain, Despiau, Dufy, Max Ernst, Giacometti, Gleizes, Goerg, Juan Gris, Gromaire, Laboureur, Lanskoy, Lapicque, Laprade, Laurens, Léger, Maillol, Manessier, Marcoussis, Marquet, Masson, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Odilon Redon, Imre Reiner, Germaine Richier, Rodin, Roualt, Segonzac, de Staël, Tamayo, Van Dongen, Villon and Vlaminck. Suites of etchings by Chasseriau, Delacroix and Jongkind; Picasso’s Les saltimbanques; and Toulouse-Lautrec’s Yvette Guilbert : bindings by J. Anthoine Legrain, P.L. Martin, Creuzevault, etc. (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 24 June 1963)
London, Sotheby & Co., 1963
(25 cm), 109 (3) pp., 56 text illustrations (5 in colour). 174 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Private collection of the Genevan bookseller Nicolas Rauch. Rauch worked before the War in the Paris office of Maggs Bros; in 1939, he returned in Switzerland, eventually becoming manager of F. Roth in Lucerne, and after 1947 trading under his own name, and absorbing the auction house founded by Kündig. This sale of modern French illustrated books went extremely well: Verlaine’s Parallèlement, illustrated by Bonnard, copy no. 47 of 170 on vélin de Hollande, 1900, brought £900; Eluard, À Toute Épreuve, wood engravings by Miró, 1958, a special copy with additional sets of plates, bound in morocco by P.L. Martin, £1850; Picasso’s fifteen early etchings, Les Saltimbanques, 1904-1905, brought £3000. ¶ Unmarked copy. Photocopy of List of Prices and buyers’ names loosely inserted.