(24.5 cm), 38 (4) pp., frontispiece,  leaves of plates (pls.1-48). 86 lots. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - A group of 241 drawings attributed to Stefano della Bella (1610-1664), assembled by the calligrapher Thomas Tomkins (1743-1816), and subsequently in Robert Holford’s collection (sold by Sotheby’s, 22 May 1928). The anonymous consignor in 1975 was the collector-dealer Wynne Jeudwine (1920-1984). Phyllis D. Massar, “Drawings after Prints by Stefano della Bella” in Print Quarterly, volume 14 (1997), pp.283-288, rejects the attribution of these drawings to Della Bella: “It was obvious to me then that these drawings were not by Stefano, but I could not then, nor can I now, name the hand”. ¶ Covers lightly dust-soiled; otherwise a very good, unmarked copy.
Four volumes (27 cm), I (20 June 1978): xi (1), 215 (1) pp. (some folding), illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 1-70, 101-127. II (22 June 1978): xvi, 233 (3) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 201-297, 301-408. III (23 June 1978): xi (1), 121 (5) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 501-661. List of estimates loosely inserted. IV (26 June 1978): xi (3), 231 (1) pp. (some folding), illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 701-768, 801-877. List of estimates loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards, pictorial dust jackets. - A collection studded with masterpieces from all ages and cultures, ranging from drawings by Dürer and Raphael to Meissen porcelain, from the enamelled arm band worn by Frederick I Barbarossa at his coronation to a portrait of Cézanne by Camille Pissarro. The week-long sale realised £18,468,300. A “fifth volume” was published by Sotheby’s in 1979, “a catalogue of items which were bequeathed to museums, relations and friends and therefore do not appear in the [four-volume] auction catalogue” (foreword). The “Bibliothèque Robert von Hirsch, de Bâle” was sold in Paris by Ader et Picard (C. Guérin, M. Loliée, experts) on 12 June 1978; his collection of private press books was offered (as 51 lots) in Sotheby’s Chancery Lane rooms on 22 June 1978. ¶ Very good, unmarked set.
(24 cm), 155 (11) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 725 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Works of art, furniture, silver, pictures, porcelain, and garden effects, the property of the photographer and artist Cecil Beaton. The house was sold on the first day for £225,000 (the Earl of Chichester bought it for his mother); the house contents realised some £400,000. A faded yellow rose kissed by Greta Garbo in 1932 and afterwards kept pressed in Beaton’s diary fetched £750 (sale report by Frances Gibb, “High prices paid for nostalgia at auction of Sir Cecil Beaton's belongings” in The Times, 10 June 1980, p.2 and 11 June 1980, p.4; sale report in The New Yorker, 7 July 1980, p.24). The library was sold in Hodgson’s rooms on 9 October 1980. ¶ Annotated copy.
(24.5 cm), 51 pp., illustrations (some in colour). List of estimates inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Sale of a collection of historical wallpaper samples, together with some manufactured by [Félix] Follot et Fils. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs pre-empted several lots, paying the top price FF122,100 (estimate FF25,000-30,000) for an album of samples from the Maison Réveillon, the leading Parisian supplier before the Revolution. Saleroom report in The Times, 9 February 1982. ¶ Good, unmarked copy. No Price list.
Two volumes (27 cm), as issued, in the publisher’s boards, pictorial dust jackets. - Property consigned by Gavin Astor, 2nd Baron Astor of Hever (1918-1984), mostly collected by William Waldorf Astor in the early years of the century to complement Anne Boleyn’s “historic” castle. ¶ Unmarked copies. Fine set.
(24.5 cm), 191 (13) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 603 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Sale of 18th and 19th-century French furniture and works of art removed from the collector’s flat in Grosvenor Place, including an astonishing menagerie of about 100 small sculptures: Egyptian bronze cats of the Saite period, a 1st century Roman marble goat, a Paduan bronze horse, elephants, lions and camels, a pair of ostriches by the Italian animalier Bugatti, birds and tortoises from Japan and China, etc. (Geraldine Norman, “A sculptured zoo goes under Sotheby's hammer” in The Times, 8 October 1983, p.22). Catalogue Introduction by Denys Sutton. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
(24.5 cm), 75 (5) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 30 + 11 lots. List of estimates loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The most distinguished carving is a large polychromed linden wood "Virgin and Child" from the southern Tirol (Brixen), c. 1480 (now New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1984.198). Lots H1-H11 are paintings from Hierzenberger’s collection, sold by Sotheby’s on 4 April 1984. ¶ Unmarked copy.
Three parts in one volume (27.5 cm), I (Paintings and works of art after 1850, European ceramics and Oriental works of art; sold 27 June 1984). II (Medieval and Renaissance illuminated miniatures; 3 July 1984). III (Paintings and works of art before 1850; 5 July 1984).  pp., illustrations (some in colour). 200 lots. Price list loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. ¶ Unmarked copy.
(27 cm),  pp., illustrations (some in colour). 254 lots. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Included are two lead busts by Franz Xavier Messerschmidt, c. 1770 (sold to Richard Feigen for £143,00 and to Colnaghi’s for £93,500). ¶ Unmarked copy.
(31 cm), 178 (12) pp., illustrations (some in colour, folding). 183 lots. Printed list of priced realised. Publisher’s red cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - Includes works by Altdorfer, Castiglione, Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, Mantegna, Rembrandt and others. “The high points are very high indeed and it is impossible to imagine anything finer ever coming on the market than the two Mantegnas or the spectacular impression of Rembrandt’s etching of ‘Christ presented to the People’. It is certainly the finest Old Master print sale since the 1930s and all the collections which might have rivalled it have long since been dispersed” (David Bindman, “The Chatsworth sale: a collection dispersed” in The Times Literary Supplement, 29 November 1985, p.1365). Mantegna’s “Bacchanal with a wine press” sold for $275,400 to David Tunick; the Rembrandt “Christ presented to the People” sold for £561,600 to Frederick Mulder; the sale total was £3,614,533. “More than 68 prints established new auction price records for their individual artists” (saleroom report by Geraldine Norman, in The Times, 6 December 1985, p.1). “The skill with which the 183 lots were chosen and catalogued, and the quality of the printing of the catalogue itself, were admirable” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 1986, p.80). ¶ Annotated copy, priced.
(30 cm),  pp., illustrations (most in colour). 165 lots. List of Estimates loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Contains the collection of Mario Lanfranchi. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced. No Price list.
Two volumes (25.5 cm), I: 125 (7) pp., colour illustrations. 78 lots. Price list loosely inserted. II: 18 (6) pp., colour illustrations. 1 lot. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers; in the publisher’s slipcase. - The Spanish Government contended that the export (in 1983) of Goya’s portrait of Doña Joaquina Téllez-Girón y Pimentel, Marquise of Santa Cruz (1784-1851), had been illegal, and after a tremendous fuss the painting was withdrawn from the auction, and sold to the Spanish government for $6m (Christie’s had predicted a sale price in excess of $10m). It is now Museo del Prado, Inv. 7070. ¶ Annotated, partly priced.
(26.5 cm),  pp., including 27 plates (some in colour). 459 lots. List of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Included in the sale (as lots 126-144) are medals from the Chigi collection: the portrait medal of the Florentine jurist Lelio Torelli, made in 1551 by Francesco da Sangallo, sold for £23,100 (estimate £1000-£1500), setting a new auction price record for a Renaissance medal; the portrait medal of the Servite monk and preacher Paolo Alberti, made in 1462 by the Ferrarese medallist Antonio Marescotti, made £11,000 (estimate 1500-£2000). Previous sale of medals from the Chigi collection were conducted by Sotheby's in Florence, 24 October 1974 and 14 May 1975. ¶ Annotated copy.
(25.5 cm), 134 pp., illustrations (some in colour). 329 lots. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Contains property consigned by the L.A. Mayer Memorial Foundation and Estate of Ray Livingston Murphy (1923-1953). ¶ Annotated copy. Lacking price list.
(28 cm),  pp. (some folding), illustrations (most in colour). 46 lots. Publisher’s brown cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - Nearly fifty Old Master and Modern drawings collected by the Kentucky horse breeder John R. Gaines (1928-2005) “over the past fourteen years”. “I have been asked at various times why my collection does not include works by the lesser Masters as well as the great names. I tried this approach over the years and, for whatever the reason, it just never worked for me. I discovered that only ‘the best of the rest’ is what pipped me to still pastures and was the only music that my heart cared to hear” (quotations from Catalogue preface). The 46 drawings realised $21.28 million, setting records for 26 artists, including Leonardo da Vinci (“Child with a Lamb” bought for $3.6m by Adrian Ward-Jackson, on behalf of the Getty Museum). The Getty also bought drawings by Canaletto, Delacroix, and Agostino Carracci; the ex-Chatsworth Rembrandt and two drawings by Raphael were purchased by Stanley Moss on behalf of the Ian Woodner Family Collection; Fra Bartolommeo’s “Virgin and Child” was bought by the New York collector Peter Sharp; and Watteau’s “Three Studies of the Head of a Young Girl” was bought for a record $852,500 by the art agent Andrea de Socebran. ¶ Dust jacket worn. Unmarked copy. No Price list.