News-Antique.com - Nov 15,2010 - New York – On December 2, Christie’s is pleased to offer Beautiful Evidence: The Library of
Edward Tufte, a superb sale comprised of nearly 200 rare books, including major works in the
history of science, statistical graphics, 20th-century artists books, and Edward Tufte
artworks. Formed over the past thirty years, this important and rare collection documents
his research, scholarship, writing, design and artwork, from the 15th through the 20th
Colonna, Francesco (1433-1527).
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, ubi humana omnia
non nisi somnium esse docet atque obiter plurima
scitu sanequam digna commemorat, in Italian.
Venice: Aldus Manutius for Leonardus
Crassus, December 1499. The first edition
of the most celebrated illustrated printed
book of the Italian Renaissance.
Estimate: $400,000 – 600,000
Bayer, Johann (1572-1625). Uranometria,
omnium asterismorum continens schemata, nova
methodo delineata, aeris laminis expressa.
Augsburg: Christoph Mang, 1603. The first
edition of the first accurate star atlas.
Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000
Tomlinson, Kellom (ca 1690-1753). The Art
of Dancing explained by Reading and Figures.
London: Printed for the Author, 1744. An
extremely rare work on the principles of
Estimate: $5,000 – 7,000
Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642). Sidereus nuncius
magna, longeque admirabilia spectacula pandens.
Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, 1610. The
first edition of the foundation work of
modern astronomy, containing the first
account of astronomical discoveries made
with the telescope.
Estimate: $600,000 – 800,000
Euclid- Byrne, Oliver. The First Six Books of
the Elements of Euclid in which coloured diagrams
and symbols are used instead of letters for the
greater ease of learners. London: Charles
Whittingham at the Chiswick Press for
William Pickering, 1847.
Estimate: $4,000 – 6,000
Picasso, Pablo and "Roch GREY" [i.e.
Hélène Baronne D'OETTINGEN
(d.1950)]. Chevaux de minuit. Cannes and
Paris: l'Imprimerie Union for Degré
Quarante et Un, 1956. A very fine copy,
inscribed with an original drawing by
Estimate: $80,000 – 120,000
Ernst, Max (1891-1976). Maximiliana ou
l'Exercise illégal de l'Astronomie. Paris: Iliazd,
Estimate: $80,000 – 120,000
Tufte, Edward. Complete set of Cognitive
Art prints, 18" x 30" (2) and 14½" x 30"
Estimate: $600 – 800
Tufte, Edward. Airport Signal People. 2010.
Digital print, electronic sequencing lights.
Width 5.7 feet (1.7 meters).
Estimate: $60,000 – 80,000
Edward Tufte (b. 1942)
Edward Tufte wrote, designed, and self-published four classic books on analytical design:
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983, 2001), Envisioning Information (1990), Visual
Explanations (1997), and Beautiful Evidence (2006). These books have received 30 awards for
content and design and have 2 million copies in print. The New York Times described
Edward Tufte as the “da Vinci of data,” and Business Week as the “Galileo of graphics.” He
served as a Professor at Princeton University and Yale University for 33 years, and has
received 7 honorary degrees. In March 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Edward
Tufte to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel to help insure the accountability and
transparency of recovery expenditures.
He recently founded his own art museum/gallery, ET Modern, in New York's Chelsea art
district. Edward Tufte has had major