Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd (London)

The Estelle Doheny collection from the Edward Laurence Doheny Memorial Library, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, sold on behalf of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Part II: Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 2 December 1987)

New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1987
(31 cm), 125 (7) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 137-182. Publisher’s printed boards. - “Maggs bought the Zacharias Chrysopolitanus, a 12th century Southern English manuscript with initials of considerable quality if uncertain provenance, for £1,700,000, for a buyer resident in England [Paul Getty]. Berès, on the other hand, took back to France a very fine ‘Toryesque’ Hours at £800,000, and the Battista Agnese Portolan went to Scheler at £600,000. Although these were the highest prices, they were not far out of the way, the Liesborn Gospels, German, 10th century, with an odd binding (one carved wooden board, the other 15th century calf), went at £380,000 to Ferrini [by 2015 migrated to Les Enluminures, The Idda Collection: Romanesque Biblical Manuscripts c. 1000 to 1240, item 1] who also bought an elaborate Parisian ‘Bible Historiale’ (£260,000). Tenschert bought the fine Speculum B.V.M., 13th century (£210,000), and, at £160,000 (a remarkable price) an exceptionally fine Parisian Bible, late 13th century. Ferrini and Tenschert also bought a number of lesser lots, also above estimate” (saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 1988, p.99). ¶ Annotated copy, priced. No Price list.
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