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Selections from the Library of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue

New York

14 Jan 10AM - 29 Jan 10AM (EST) | Online 19706

Selections from the Library of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue

Sale Overview

Selections from the Library of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund from 834 Fifth Avenue celebrates the beauty of the book arts, featuring many fine French, Russian, and English bindings; notable presentation copies; and noble associations. The collection is dominated by festival books documenting the luxury of Versailles; herbals and botanicals whose fine engravings and lithographs capture the riches of the natural world; and copious curiosities of ornament, architecture, art, and design. Highlights include the monumental Description du Sacre et du Couronnement de leurs Majestes Imperiales l'Empereur Alexandre II et l'Imperatrice Marie Alexandrovna, depicting the sumptuous coronation of Czar Alexander II; Fontana's Templum Vaticanum in a green morocco presentation binding for Czar Paul I; and a host of other treasures.

Viewings are by appointment only, starting 20 January. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Nathalie Ferneau,

©2020, Photograph by Visko Hatfield

    Our specialist’s selection

    Brought to you by

    Rhiannon Knol

    Associate Specialist | Books & Manuscripts

    Rhiannon joined Christie’s in 2017 after three years as a curatorial research assistant at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. While there, she was the assistant curator of the 2016 exhibition The Art of Alchemy (in Berlin, Alchemie: Die Grosse Kunst), as well as a member of the curatorial team for several other major shows. She has contributed to publications on material ranging from medieval & Renaissance manuscripts to modern artists’ books, and also enjoys teaching & giving talks on rare books, history of collecting, and the classical tradition.

    Originally from Virginia, she holds an MA in Classics from UCLA, where she specialized in Latin literature & the history of the book and helped to catalog the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (ACMRS 2017). Rhiannon is also an alumna of the Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography. Although her interests in the field of rare books are catholic, particular favorite topics include early printing, classical reception, the history of science and ideas—and anything weird & wonderful.

    Rhiannon is a member of BSA, RSA, the Grolier Club, and the Women’s Classical Caucus. She reads Latin, ancient Greek, and French (and is working on her Italian & German).

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