A Look Inside the Catalogue: Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics

At Auction April 26

Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics is a multifaceted auction that spans media and disciplines. Early twentieth-century graphic design and the fine arts include a never-before-offered trade catalogue of brightly colored wallpaper samples by the legendary designer Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, circa 1919, and Gustav Klimt’s limited edition tours-de-force Das Werk, 1918, and Eine Nachlese, 1931.


Graphics & Classic Illustrated Books

A run of wood engravings by Eric Gill that features an original woodblock carving, and pieces by Ludwig BemelmansEdward GoreyArthur Rackham and Dr. Seuss.


Lot 79: Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, with 47 plates of 19 pochoir patterns, circa 1919. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.


Livres d’Artiste

Works by American and European artists Walter CraneSalvador DalíHelen West HellerGustav Klimt  and Fernand Léger.


david hockney

Lot 142: C.P. Cavafy, Fourteen Poems, illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.


Fine Press Books

Editions from Cheloniidae Press, Kelmscott Press, Limited Editions Club and others.


kelmscott press

Lot 158: William Morris, The Defence of Guenevere, Kelmscott Press edition, Hammersmith, 1892. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.



Pochoirs by George Barbier, Paul Iribe, and Georges Lepape in addition to feats of typography and architecture.

marcel breuer, hamilton smith, archive

Lot 7: Archive from a late office of the Marcel Breuer & Hamilton Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. Estimate $3,500 to $5,000.


For more information on the sale, contact Specialist Christine von der Linn in the Books department.


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