Parke-Bernet Galleries (New York)

The notable library of the late Lucius Wilmerding : Part II [other title:] Rare XV-XIX century continental literature … including illuminated and other manuscripts; Renaissance and other armorial and association bindings; great Latin classics, including rare incunabula; and The Philobiblon; Montaigne’s diary; volume 1 of the first dated bible printed on vellum and other great rarities § Part III [other title:] Rare XV-XIX century continental literature … including illuminated and other manuscripts; Renaissance, armorial and association bindings; great Latin classics including rare incunabula; and a superb example of a twelfth century Romanesque bookbinding from the Benedictine monastery at Admont in Styria; other great rarities (catalogues for auctions conducted by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 27 November 1950-31 October 1951)

New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1950
Two volumes (25 cm), II (5-6 March 1951): (16) 204 (4) pp., text illustrations. 662 lots. III (29-31 October 1951): (14) 240 (2) pp., text illustrations. 947 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Parts two and three of the Wilmerding sale catalogue (lacking catalogue for part I: Rare English literature of the XVI-XIX century, mainly first editions, conducted by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 27-28 November 1950). The collector, a New York financier, “was a patrician humanist, with a bibliophilic taste both varied and fastidious” (The Times Literary Supplement, 19 January 1951, p.44). The star lot of the second sale was the diary of Montaigne: this had appeared in Sotheby’s, 20-21 May 1935, when it made £780 to Wilmerding, against a representative of the Bibliothèque municipale, Bordeaux; it was bought in New York for $21,000 by the French government (Louis Desgraves, Inventaire des fonds Montaigne conservés à Bordeaux, Paris 1995, p.31). Many of the collector’s fine bindings came from sales conducted during the 1930s (Terry, Cortlandt Bishop, Schiff, Ham House, etc.), when the market for such books was uneasy; the prices achieved in 1951 were mostly double (cf. John Carter, “Mr Wilmerding’s Continental Books” in The Times Literary Supplement, 20 April 1951, p.252). ¶ Very good, unmarked copies.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1950-1951
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1951
Bookbinding - Collections, USA - Wilmerding (Lucius), 1880-1949
Bookbindings - Auction sale catalogues
Authors/Creators
Parke-Bernet Galleries (New York)
Owners
Wilmerding, Lucius, 1880-1949
Auction date
19501127
19510305
19511029
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  • Parke-Bernet Galleries (New York)

    Rare XV-XIX century continental literature : … including illuminated and other manuscripts; Renaissance and other armorial and association bindings; great Latin classics, including rare incunabula; and The Philobiblon, Montaigne's diary, volume 1 of the first dated bible printed on vellum and other great rarities. Part II of the important library belonging to the estate of the late Lucius Wilmerding, sold by order of the executors (catalogue for an auction conducted by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 5-6 March 1951)

    New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1951
    (25 cm), (16) 204 (4) pp., text illustrations. 662 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “A number of important lots were bought by one local firm on commission for a continental collector, while another made substantial purchases for a Belgian connoissuse only recently removed to New York, and the one London bookseller who competed on the spot with the flying columns from Paris, Brussels and Geneva gave a very satisfactory account of himself” (John Carter, “Mr Wilmerding’s Continental Books” in The Times Literary Supplement, 20 April 1951, p.252). ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Parke-Bernet Galleries (New York)

    Rare XV-XIX century continental literature : … including illuminated and other manuscripts; Renaissance, armorial and association bindings; great Latin classics including rare incunabula; and a superb example of a twelfth century Romanesque bookbinding from the Benedictine monastery at Admont in Styria; other great rarities. Part III of the important library belonging to the estate of the late Lucius Wilmerding, sold by order of the executors (catalogue for an auction conducted by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 29-31 October 1951)

    New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1951
    (25 cm), (14) 240 (2) pp., text illustrations. 947 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Although the sale contained a number of fine books, there was less “to attract the personal attendance of those continental booksellers who had been so active at Part II, and prices suffered in consequence” (from “The final Wilmerding sale”, in The Times Literary Supplement, 7 December 1951, p.796). Among the star lots was a quite unsophisticated Romanesque binding, one of those discovered by E.P. Goldschmidt at Admont, sold by him to Wilmerding in 1934, and bought here for Albert Ehrman ($16,000; now in the Bodleian Library, Broxbourne Collection). Many books were sold far below their estimates and were bargains: a well-preserved Laurinus binding of red morocco on a folio of 1566 made $650 (estimate $3000-$4000); an elaborate binding made for Queen Elizabeth (E.P. Goldschmidt, Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, pl. xci) made $1600 (estimate $5000-6000). ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
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