19th Century French Book on Russian Customs As the Sochi Winter Olympic Games focuses world attention on the future of Russia, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions explore the country’s vivid history with a 19th century French book.
this first edition of the Arabic translation is ascribed to Nasir al-Din al-Tusi.
Euclid was a Greek mathematician active in Alexandria, Northern Egypt, during the reign of Ptolemy I (323-283 B.C.) his influential work remains in use by students today.
This Arabic edition of the book has an extra chapter, ‘The Privilege of Sultan Murad III’, which was added for its release in the Ottoman Empire. The work was printed at the press founded by Ferdinando de’ Medici under Pope Gregory XIII to disseminate works in oriental languages. [Lot 18]
A copy of Salvador Dalí’s Biblia Sacra, 1967-69, in five volumes, number 394 of 1499 ‘luxus’ copies, includes 105 colour lithographs by Dalí which form a magnificent set, in fine condition. The illustrated book was conceived by Dali’s friend and patron Dr. Giuseppe Albaretto as a new and entirely illustrated edition of the Bible. It is estimated to sell for £6,000-8,000. [Lot 141]
The auction will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Maddox Street saleroom in London’s Mayfair and will be on public view from Sunday 2nd – Thursday 6th March and the catalogue is available online at www.bloomsburyauctions.com
• Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will also be holding a sale of the Library of a Gentleman on 27th February 2014. The sale will include a fine selection of books on natural history as well as literature, travel and Sussex topography. Of note is Eleazar Albin is A Natural History of English Insects, 1749. The important work on British entomology features 100 hand-coloured engraved plates and is estimated at £2,000-£3,000. [Lot 132]