Important Livres Anciens, Livres d'Artistes et Manuscrits; 2 Juin 2005; Sale No. 5403
Christie's, Paris, Paris, 2005, Illustrated Wraps, , , Very Good
234 pp. 487 lots. Importants livres anciens, livres d'artistes et manuscrits dont deux manuscrits originaux de Paul Verlaine et le ancienne Collection Louis Marcoussis. An astounding collection of items featuring Apollinaire's Calligrames with 68 in-text lithographs by de Chirico and exquisitely bound by Paul Signe, nicely reproduced on the matte black wraps. Many delightful items: Les Pastorales de Longus ou Daphnis et Chloe with 155 lithographes de Bonnard, limited in mosaic binding of Marius Michel; Goethe, Faust Traduite en francais, with lithographies d'Eugene Delacroix, 1828, Paris, Chez Motte et chez Sautelet; Dufy-Apollinaire-Therese Moncey; Dufy-Monfort-Bonet; and more.
In 1945 the Zamorano Club published The Zamorano 80: A Selection of Distinguished California Books Made by Members of the Zamorano Club. The criterion for inclusion was that a selection above all should be distinguished, and that rarity and importance would be secondary. Yet, over time, it appears that the eighty books selected are both distinguished and important, and a number of them are definitely rare. The Club's goal was to choose those books considered cornerstones of a serious collection of Californiana. The books listed in The Zamorano 80 for the most part have withstood the test of time.
"Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole."