Top Lots: Fine Books, Including Incunabula & Writing Manuals
Swann’s April 11, 2013 auction of Fine Books saw a stunning collection of early printed books–including incunabula, as well as examples of illustrated books, literature and writing manuals. The day brought in more than a million dollars, with 97% of the lots finding buyers!
The sale’s most highly anticipated and top selling lot was an Imperial Folio edition of John James Audubon and John Bachman’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-48), containing 150 hand-colored plates, bringing in $288,000.
Top sales also went to Greece’s greatest with a second edition Latin translation of Plato’s Opera, 1491,selling for $21,600 as well as an exquisitely bound third edition of Aristotle’s De caelo et mundo, 1495.