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June 28th: Third sale of La Bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé - Musique et Poésie

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In our December 2015 issue of Rare Book Monthly, I wrote about the first of a series of important sales being held in association with Sotheby’s comprising La bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé, the 1600 item collection amassed by Pierre Bergé of Yves Saint Laurent fame. Another session took place last year in November, and this month, the third auction, entitled Musique et Poésie, is scheduled for June 28th. The high standards of Mr. Bergé’s collecting eye are as apparent in this sale as ever. 

The online catalog for Musique et Poésie has yet to be posted, but Sotheby’s is offering a peek of what’s to come.

The first highlight of the sale is a unique copy and original edition of one of German composer Richard Wagner’s last stage works, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [The Master-Singers of Nuremberg], which is corrected and annotated by Wagner himself from the time he spent composing the opera. The book was printed in Mainz in 1862, and it carries an estimate of 60,000 to 80,000 €.

Next, a second edition of Pierre de Ronsard’s Les Amours, with comments from Marc Antoine de Muret, features the rare music booklet with a few odes from the author not yet printed. Printed in Paris in 1553, Ronsard’s work is estimated 40,000 to 60,000 €.

The last musical item from the sale being previewed is a score by Frédéric Chopin, dubbed Scherzo for piano, from 1837. The score features an autograph by Chopin to his young “virtuoso pupil” Jeanne Porte and is estimated 15,000 to 20,000 €.

The first three items are all musical items, and the final preview item falls under the poetry category. French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hazard [A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance] is a book with an interesting history because it was printed shortly before Mallarmé died and Mallarmé used very purposefully placed blank space and placement of words. Prior to 2004, the book had never been published with the typograph and format that Mallarmé intended. The copy being offered in the upcoming sale are the corrected proofs, handwritten and bound by Geneviève Mallarmé, and illustrated by Odilon Redon with autograph documents and lithographs by the artist. This extraordinary item is estimated 40,000 to 60,000 €.

La bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé - Musique et Poésie is a sale hosted by Pierre Bergé et Associés, in association with Sotheby’s. It is scheduled for June 28, 2017 at 2 pm CEST in Paris. As more information about the sale becomes available, it will be posted to Sotheby’s website as well as the website of Pierre Bergé et Associé.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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