The T.C. Gallery ~ Own a piece of collecting history

Last update: 16 December 2018

As a possible investment in non-traditional assets or as an upgrade to an existing collection, The T.C. Gallery offers a selection of high-end collectibles from a variety of collecting themes. All objects, historically important and fully documented, were once part of one or more historic collections and/or represent milestones in the history of collectibles. The T.C. Gallery also offers a rare choice of collection catalogues and other documents related to the collecting process - Access The T.C. Gallery via one of the categories below.

Natural History ~ Minerals, Gems & Rocks

Faceted glass models of historic diamonds
in original cloth covered plush lined case
box: 29 x 21 x 4.5 cm
unsigned (but probably by Rubin & Son)

The Shah, Pasha of Egypt, Orloff, Polar Star, Sancy, Nassak, Florintine, Grand-Mogul, Kohinoor (old cut), Kohinoor (new cut), Piggot, Hope, South Star, Regent and Empress Eugénie. The title on the box reads "Historical Diamonds".

EUR 2000

Let us finish by citing Balfour (1987): “The stories of the world’s most famous diamonds feature an extraordinary panorama of characters: from kings and queens, emperors and empresses, soldiers, statesmen and politicians, to the more mundane businessmen, bankers, brokers and the shadowy world of smugglers, swindlers and murderers, as the stones pass from one owner to another through the centuries”.

Balfour, I. (1987), Famous Diamonds. Collins, London, 224 pp. - Included

Unusual glass gems
East African Glass, 'pit glass', 2 cut, 1 raw
Ex. J. Saul

Unusual glass (chunk of bright green East African Glass, East African Glass cut stone and "Pit Glass" cut stone from Sri Lanka); accompanied by Konta J. and J.M. Saul (1976), Moldavites and a survey of other naturally occurring glasses. In: J. Gemm., vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 179-204 (signed by J.M. Saul).

EUR 450

Years before the Moon landing and with tektites believed to originate from there at the time, efforts were undertaken to find more of those glassy materials on Earth. John Saul was one of the main researchers in that domain. He systematically looked for atypical glasses, with an inventory of those given in Konta & Saul (1976), including East African Glass and "Pit Glass". Note one cut gem individually listed.

Malachite pseudomorphous after cuprite
Chessy-les-Mines, France
14 x 15 x 20 mm (thumbnail)
Ex. L. Cahn / Northwestern University Museum

Cuprite crystal from the classic locale Chessy-les-Mines, formerly from the Northwestern University Museum with NUM label, and previously part of the Lazard Cahn collection.

EUR 750

Lazard Cahn (1865-1940) was a famous micromount collector, who contributed significantly in the field of orientated intergrowths. The NUM label reads: "ISOMETRIC, DODECAHEDRON (110), one face of OCTAHEDRON (111)". A selection of 2,400 Cahn specimens went to Northwestern University, where they were kept together with their original labels and ultimately deaccessioned in 1978.

Quartz (var. Amethyst and Smoky)
Miask, Siberia
8 x 5 x 4 cm (small cabinet)
Ex. William S. Vaux / George Vaux, Jr.

Sharp smoky Quartz crystal (with amethyst highlights) on natural stand with prestigious Vaux family provenance. Accompanied by a label from George Vaux with no. 2631. We also read 'W.S.V.', proving the William S. Vaux provenance.

EUR 750

William S. Vaux (1811-1882) was a prominent Philadelphia mineral collector. He began collecting minerals about 1820, and through purchases built the finest collection of minerals ever assembled up to that time in the United States, sparing "neither time, labor nor money" (source: Wilson, 2018).

George Vaux Jr. (1863-1927), a nephew of William S. Vaux, began collecting minerals while still a young boy. He was also well acquainted with the fabulous collection of his uncle. When William died and his collection was given to the Philadelphia Academy of Science, the Vaux family retained 25 select specimens which ultimately became part of George's own extraordinary collection (source: Wilson, 2018). The present specimen must have been given to George before William's death.

Pseudomorph of cassiterite
Wheal Coates, St. Agnes, Cornwall
30 mm in longest direction (thumbnail)
Ex. Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts

Highly prized pseudomorph from a small, one time find c. 1828, featuring 2 orthoclase crystals, altered to cassiterite (1 doubly-terminated, Carlsbad twinning). Incl. labels from Kelley & Harkness, modern sticker HARK0006, painted no. 673.


In 1837 Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906) became the wealthiest woman in England when she inherited her grandfather's fortune of nearly two million pounds sterling. She had a passion for mineral collecting, and built a large and beautiful money-no-object collection. England's premier collector, Sir Arthur Russell, obtained much of her collection following her death.

Wheal Rock, St Agnes, Cornwall
60 x 35 x 30 mm (small cabinet)
Ex. Joseph Neeld (1789-1856)

Rare case of massive stannite from the type locality, c. 1797-1828 find, Neeld no. 2865. The Neeld collection remained intact from 1828 until 1974, when B. Lloyd of Gregory, Bottley & Lloyd purchased the collection from the Neeld family.

EUR 390

The specimen carries a small rectangular label with copperplate manuscript number 2865 within a black line border, typical of Neeld's specimens - Gregory, Bottley & Lloyd own Joseph Neeld’s handwritten collection catalogue, which is watermarked 1829 and lists 3632 specimens collected around 1828 to 1830 (source: mineral-forum). It is in this catalogue that details about inventory no. 2865 were found.

Natural History ~ Meteorites, Meteorwrongs & Tektites

The Sikhote-Alin meteorite monograph
Ex. D.P. Cruikshank

Rare 2-volume book in Russian on the Sikhote-Alin meteorite edited by V.G. Fesenkov and E.L. Krinov (Publishing House of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, Moscow; vol. I from ed. of 1,200 copies, vol. II from ed. of 900 copies. Vol. I incl. stereoscopic photos of the craters and surrounding forest while vol. II is inscribed by Krinov.

EUR 1500

The inscription reads (after translation from Russian): "To Dr. D. P. Cruikshank | with best wishes from one of the authors | 5 July 1978, Moscow | E. L. Krinov". The book, richly illustrated, describes the recovery of the meteorites, includes a catalogue of finds, etc. This is the reference on this famous meteorite.

Winona, Coconino County, Arizona
Fragment of 1.7 grams
Ex. H.H. Nininger / Uni. Arizona Mineral Museum

Winonaite type specimen deaccessioned from the University of Arizona Mineral Museum (UAMM), accompanied by photocopies of 2 UAMM labels, with no. 816 and Harvey H. Nininger indicated as the donor. Incl. Heineman & Brady (1929), signed.


The fragments of the Winona meteorite were found in 1928 near some prehistoric ruins. Specimens were brought to the attention to L.F. Brady, who visited the site. The meteorite was found enclosed in a shrine built to contain an object of superstitious reverence (Heineman & Brady, 1929). All fragments, together with the cist, went to the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Part slice of 14.7 grams
Ex. American Museum Nat. Hist. / ETH Zurich

Specimen from the celebrated AMNH Willamette meteorite (the largest North American meteorite), with AMNH and ETHZ label copies. Incl. 4 vintage AMNH postcards, 1 magic lantern (with 2 boys) & 2 press photos of the in situ cast.


This is a rare example of a specimen traced back to the main mass: Originates from a larger 120g cut from "Part 18" of AMNH2234. From there, the ETHZ specimen was reduced to 99.7 grams, no. IR-33a. Finally this slice was made in 2005. AMNH2234 is listed in several AMNH catalogues: Reeds (1937:637) with a weight of 2,284g; Mason (1964:32) with 2,067g.

Willamette meteorite museum photograph
Ex. American Museum of Natural History, 1949

Willamette meteorite on display at the Hayden Planetarium, AMNH (photographic paper, stamped and annotated on the back: "#314965 First floor corridor, Hayden Planetarium, showing Willamette Meteorite". Two stamped texts read: "Oct 7 1949" and "Please credit photograph to the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY New York").

EUR 1200

The Willamette Meteorite is an iron found in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the largest meteorite found in North America and the sixth largest in the world. The meteorite is on display at the AMNH in New York City, which acquired it in 1906.

'Aussig' - 'Ploschkowitz'
Ex. H. Winbeck collection

Incl. 5 letters (in German): (1) W. Zeitschel (21 Aug. 1976) gives some information to H. Winbeck about his 8 stones: "There is no Aussig fall. Did you obtain your Aussig!! pieces from an Austrian mineral collector or handler, if so, please let me know by whom? ...

EUR 150

Those are in fact pieces of the meteorite shower of Ploschkowitz / USSR. This fall occurred on 22.6.1723. It is an olivine-hypersthene chondrite... Ploschkowitz is located south of Aussig"; (2) Winbeck then contacts J. Classen (8 Mar. 1979): "Do you know more about the Ploschkowitz fall? I have since several years ago 8 small stones..."; (3) Classen (20 Mar. 1979) confirms that a Aussig fall does not exist before adding: "It is not good when the associated labels are incorrect. It is clear in this case there is something wrong..."; (4) Winbeck (29 Mar. 1979) discusses, among other things, of Classen's possible visit. No reference to the specimens is made. (5) Some years later, Dieter Heinlein writes to Winbeck (5 Apr. 1982): "I have studied the catalogue. I am fascinated by the small pieces of Ploschkowitz. Would you be willing to trade half-a-gram of it? ..." A 1975 invoice from Moehler of Graz indicates a 35 Deutsche Mark price for "10 St. Meteoriten (=Steinregen)/ Aussig". Those are now proved to be of non-meteoritic origin.

Tektite & tektitewrongs
Analyzed by H. Nininger
Ex. A. Flagg estate

[1] Letter from H.H. Nininger to A.L. Flagg, 23 Jul. 1959 (typed 1-page letter, American Meteorite Museum letterhead) accompanied by Flagg's file copy (typed, one-page, 20 Jul. 1959); [2] Specimens mentionned in the letters: 5 obsidian pebbles (Flagg, envelope) / analyzed obsidian (Flagg, Nininger, annotated AML manila envelope) / analyzed tektite (Nininger, annotated AML manila envelope).

EUR 650

Nininger wrote: "we gave the little glass objects a good test and I'm sorry to say that they turn out to be obsidian. Enclosed in a separate envelope is one of them that had been scoriated by an oxy-acetalene flame and in another envelope a fragment of tektite that was melted by the same process bu at a high temperature." Flagg had originally written: "I feel reasonably certain that you are back home [...] I have seen a great many obsidian nodules, 'Arizona lucky stones', 'Apache Tears', 'Smoky Topaz' and all the rest of the specially built names for tourists but I have never seen any with the same pitted surfaces...".

Natural History ~ Shells & Fossils

Shells' suite
40 vials
Ex. J. Crosse / R. Langlassé

Suite of 40 numbered vials of shells formerly from the Joseph Crosse (1826-1898) collection with label reading: "Mollusques d'Espagne non déterminés ancienne collection Crosse". This suite also sojourned in the René Langlassé collection.

EUR 75

A René Langlassé is found in several old bulletins from savant societies: described as a colleague of Gustave Frédéric Dollfus who both helped classify and label the shells of the Natural History Society of Loir-et-Cher in 1883. Langlassé seems to have been a diligent curator, keeping track of the source of his specimens. Joseph Crosse was a French conchologist, co-editor of Journal de Conchyliologie.

Material Culture ~ Cultural & Historical Artefacts

Makonde Culture mwana hiti gourd
Tanzania, Terracotta, 12 x 11 cm (lower part), 6 cm (stopper)
Ex. C. & W. Zabel / African Art Museum of the SMA Fathers (AAMSMA)

Gourd from the Makonde Culture part of the Carl and Wilma Zabel collection, described and pictured in the African Art Museum collection catalogue 'The Discerning Eye' (Bodogna, 2005:29, included).

EUR 490

The exhibition by the AAMSMA focused on the collection of Carl and Wilma Zabel. A NYT art critic observed that the Zabels "chose to lavish their attention on a type of art often overlooked or dismissed, namely East African sculpture....". The catalog essay by Charles Bordogna explores in detail the impressive diversity of sculpture from Tanzania as well as from Kenya and Madagascar (Imperato, 2006).

beach pebbles, supposedly sling-stones
Maiden Castle, Dorset, England
Ex. Allhallows College, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Two beach pebbles, supposedly sling-stones from Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hill fort, purchased at auction after the closing of Allhallows College in 1998. The school was founded in c. 1515 in Honiton and moved to Rousdon in the 1930s. Incl. Holtorf, 2005, 'From Stonehenge to Las Vegas'.

EUR 75

Archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler (1890-1976) undertook the first archaeological excavations at Maiden Castle. The stones were on sale at the site in the 1930s to raise money for the excavation. During the excavations, Wheeler was once seen on Chesil Beach (now a World Heritage Site) with workmen filling sacks with rounded pebbles, which questions the origin of any Maiden Castle pebble (Holtorf, 2005:123 - shown in background). Archaeologist Cornelius Holtorf discussed about the interesting topic of 'authentic copies', meaning that “an object is not old or authentic as such, but it is de facto being ‘made’ old and authentic through particular, contextual conditions and processes taking place in the present” (which can thus include replica). About those sling-stones, he wrote: “As the material that was apparently sold had not been altered, as far as one can tell, and came from the same natural source as the material that was found in situ, it is difficult to see that this reported incident did any harm to the purchasers.

Photograph of miniature enamel painting
By V&A Photograph Studio, 1929
Ex. Victoria & Albert Museum

Photograph of a miniature enamel painting of a Sportsman Shooting, part of the Victoria & Albert Museum collection. Framed and labelled "Victoria & Albert Museum". The number 60959 is listed as a photograph of Museum number 917-1868 in the negative registers of the Photographic Studio.

EUR 195

For years, the museum allowed members of the public to buy photographic prints taken by the Photo Studio of V&A objects. This is here such an example of a Photo Stall sales print, this one photographed January 18th, 1929 (pers. comm. V&A curator).

Material Culture ~ Play Memorabilia

Vintage VHS collectibles
Factory sealed
Ex. White Mountain collection

VHS tapes formerly with White Mountain collection stickers: Aliens (dated "Mon 3/13/88"), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ("Fri 3/29/91"), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ("Tues 6/18/91"), Who Framed Roger Rabbit ("Mon 11-13-89") and Tremors ("Sat 8/31/91").

EUR 75

The White Mountain collection is best known for the pedigree of the same name, which is considered the flagship of Silver Age Pedigree collections (1956-c. 1968) (Sotheby’s, 1991). The owner of the collection however also collected other collectibles realted to video games, toys, and everyday objects.”

Burger-King collectibles
Sealed on card
Ex. White Mountain collection

Burger King merchandise formerly from the Kennett Neily "White Mountain" collection with handwritten dates of purchase ("Thurs 2/28/85 Lilac Mall" and "12/17/84 Mon"). Those are a Whopper toy and a Whopper sharpener, some examples of merchandising pushed to the extreme.

EUR 45

The White Mountain collection is best known for the pedigree of the same name, which is considered the flagship of Silver Age Pedigree collections (1956-c. 1968) (Sotheby’s, 1991). The owner of the collection however also collected other collectibles realted to video games, toys, and everyday objects.”

Science-fiction books
Presentation copies by author/collector F. Ackerman

Books by F.J Ackerman about the history of science-fiction, fantasy and horror, partly depicted from items from the Ackerman collection. All inscribed by Ackerman, the most avid and best known sci-fi collector.

EUR 175

The following books describe Ackerman's life-long passion with science fiction, from his photograph as a little boy in Ackerman (1976) to his photograph as an octogenarian at a relatively recent signing event:
(1) Ackerman, F.J. (1976), Amazing Forries. Metropolis Publications, 36 pp. (inscribed to Anne Hardin: "Anne, your foto will be featured in the next edition, With affection, Forry 2001");
(2) Ackerman, F.J (1985), Forrest J Ackerman's Fantastic Movie Memories, Forrest Ackerman's Treasure Trove of Imagi-Movies. New Media Books, Canoga Park, Karloffonia, 100 pp. (inscribed to makeup artist William Tuttle: "Bill, Warmest Wishes, Forry");
(3) Ackerman, F.J (1997), Forrest J Ackerman's World of Science Fiction. Aurum Press, 240 pp. (signed "Forrest Ackerman" in bold silver pen, with photograph of signing event).”

Literature ~ Collection catalogues & Notices

Antarctic meteorite collection catalogue
Yanai, K. (1981), Photographic catalog of the selected Antarctic meteorites : in the collection of National Institute of Polar Research. The Institute, Tokyo, 104 pp.
Red cloth covers with title in gold lettering


Contains 178 photographs of 134 meteorites selected from the NIPR Collection. The majority of the photographs are of whole or broken stones in the condition they were found on the ice. Some photographs show cut or broken faces made during the sampling of the meteorites for investigation. A brief description of the specimen is included with each photograph (Moore, 1982).

Miquel's manuscript catalogue of fossils
"Lutétien de la Champagne (Le Bassin de la Marne)"
Ex. J. Miquel (1859-1940)

Unique 8-pp. manuscript catalogue written by collector Jean Miquel, with five minute shell fossils listed page 2, with matching handwritten label "Venericardia onerata Deshayes, Lutétien, Gueux Marne".

EUR 350

Jean Miquel (1859-1940), jurist by training and owner of the Barroubio winery, Languedoc, France, was an amateur naturalist and well-known fossil collector who significantly contributed to the improvement of the geological knowledge of his region. After 1925, he spent most of his time cataloguing and labelling his old finds as well as other ones collected by workers on his domain and by colleagues.

Smithsionian gem collection catalogue
Merrill, G.P., M.W. Moodey and E.T. Wherry (1922), Handbook and descriptive catalogue of the collections of gems and precious stones in the United States National Museum. Smithsonian Institution, USNM Bull. 118, Washington, 225 pp.
Slight binding damage, inscribed "With regards of one of the authors. G.P. Merrill"; incl. 1924 Jewelers' Circular clipping about gems at the National Museum with photo of M.W. Moodey

EUR 75

George Perkins Merrill (1854-1929) was an American geologist and museum collection curator. In 1881 he became assistant curator at the Department of Geology of the Smithsonian Insitution and was appointed head curator in 1897.

Exhibition catalogue of calculating devices
Dyck, W. von (1892-1893), (1) Katalog mathematischer und mathematisch-physikalischer Modelle, Apparate und Instrumente. Munich; (2) Katalog mathematischer und mathematisch-physikalischer Modelle, Apparate und Instrumente. Nachtrag. Munich, K. Hof- u. Universitasbuchdruckerei von Dr. C. Wolf & Sohn
Ex. K.G. Hagström, Stockholm mathematician

EUR 425

Walther Dyck (1856-1934), instrumental in the creation of the Deutsches Museum of Natural Science and Technology, Munich (the first of its kind), organized the international exhibition of mathematical models, instruments, and apparatus. The catalogue is the earliest recorded exhibition catalogue limited to mathematical instruments and calculating devices; rare instruments were borrowed from museums, research laboratories or major instrument makers. The exhibition had to be postponed due to an outbreak of cholera. Despite this, its catalogue was issued in late 1892; an extensive supplement was added in 1893. Among the devices described and illustrated in the catalogue are L. Boltzmann's "Apparatus for the mechanical representation of the behavior of two electric currents"; F. Galton's "Trace-Computer, apparatus for tracing curves whose ordinates are the given functions of two other curves", Lord Kelvin's harmonic analyzer and tide predictor [Origins of Cyberspace 287].

Collection catalogue of the Father of Meteoritics
Chladni, E. F. F. (1825), E. F. F. Chladni's Beschreibung seiner Sammlung vom Himmel herabgefallener Massen. Nebst einigen allgemeinen Bemerkungen von Ebendemselben, Heft 2, Archiv fur die gesammte Naturlehre, pp. 200-240
Ex. "Sammlung Günther Schmid Goethe"

EUR 850

Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni (1756-1827) is considered the father of both Acoustics and Meteoritics. He was the first to propose that meteorites have an extraterrestrial origin, a controversial statement at the time. He described his meteorite collection in Chladni (1825). The collection forms the core of the Berlin University collection. The catalogue is the third earliest published catalogue (after Paris and Vienna) but the first catalogue of a private meteorite collection.

Comte de Bournon's mineral catalogue
Bournon, Comte de (1813), Catalogue de la collection minéralogique du Comte de Bournon. London, chez L. Deconchy, 563 pp.
Without the very rare Plates volume

EUR 1500

The "Discours Préliminaire" provides a history of the collection's formation and observations about the science of mineralogy. There is also an extensive commentary on Bournon's relationship with the British Museum and its trustees. The text contains a detailed description of the collection's specimens, with information on the minerals chemical and physical properties. Throughout Bournon references Hauy and other mineralogists. A separate section deals with Hauy's theories on crystal structure. Rare (source: Jacques-Louis, Comte de Bournon (1751-1825) was a French soldier and mineralogist who came to England after the French Revolution. He gained prominence in the scientific community, being elected a fellow of the Royal Society and was a founding member of the Geological Society before returning to France after the Bourbon Restoration.

Romé de l'Isle's mineral catalogue
Romé de l'Isle, J. L. (1773), Description méthodique d'une collection de minéraux, du cabinet de M.D.R.D.L.. Paris, Approbation & Privilege, 299 pp.
Contemporary vellum, minor damage on spine.

EUR 1250

Jean-Baptiste Louis Romé de l'Isle (1736-1790) was one of the two great French crystallographers, considered with René Just Haüy (1743-1822) the co-founders of modern crystallography. Romé de l'Isle described his 750-specimen collection of metallic minerals in his 1773 catalogue. His collection was well-known in Paris, and 68 of his specimens were chosen for illustration by Fabien Gautier d'Agoty in his famous 1781 color-plate book. His catalogue is considerably more scholarly than average for the time. A popular savant in Parisian scientific circles, he was called upon to prepare quite a number of catalogs for other mineral collectors during the following years. Following his death in 1790, Romé de l'Isle's collection was purchased by Francois Gillet de Laumont (1747-1834), one of the greatest mineral collectors of his day. Gillet de Laumont's collection, including Romé de l'Isle's original specimens, was purchased in 1835 by the French government and is now preserved in the Museum of Natural History in Paris [Wilson 25].

Musaeum Regalis Societatis
Grew, N. (1681), Musaeum Regalis Societatis: or a Catalogue & Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham College. London, 388 pp. | The Comparative Anatomy of Stomachs and Guts Begun, 43 pp.
Modern brown half morocco, marbled end papers
Ex. G. Cleghorn (1716-1789), Edinburgh physician

EUR 890

This early collection catalog of natural history specimens in the collection of the Royal Society is divided into four parts: (1) animals, (2) plants, (3) minerals and (4) man-made items relating to demonstration apparatuses for chemistry and physics, mechanics, coins and medicines. All sorts of curious objects are presented, including an Egyptian mummy, a human fetus preserved in a bottle, the leg bone of a dodo bird, more than 30 lodestones, butterflies, tiger claws, etc. It gives a good view of the extent of mineralogical knowledge in England at the time [Wilson 8]. This collection is a typical 'Wunderkammer' collection with a strong emphasis on natural history and scientific curiosities but a modest selection of coins and antiquities and a few of art. Grew's arrangement follows that of Ole Worm [From Wunderkammer to Museum 64]. But unlike previous catalogues of Renaissance noblemen's cabinets of curiosities, Grew's descriptions do not emphasise exotic and monstrous specimens. The entries are straightforward and matter-of-fact.

Literature ~ On the topic of collecting

Notes of mineral collectors & dealers
Conklin, L.H. (1986), Notes and Commentaries on Letters to George F. Kunz. Correspondence from various sources, including Clarence S. Bement with facsimiles. The Tiffany Ed., New Canaan, 137 pp.
Unnumbered, inscribed by the author "8-11-91 Springfield Show, For Ernie Schlichter, an old friend, Best regards, Larry"
Ex. E. Schlichter (1929-2007), known mineral collector

EUR 75

A compilation of selected correspondence between the famous gemologist Kunz and various scholars, collectors and dealers, including Clarence S. Bement (1843-1923). Bement was one of the greatest American mineral collectors of all time. His collection of rare mineral specimens was acquired by J. P. Morgan and then given to the American Museum of Natural History, in the process establishing their Department of Mineralogy. Bement and Kunz had an extensive correspondence. Most of the letters from Kunz's correspondents are reproduced in facsimile. Many of his reponses are included. Illustrated with one color plate of a mineral + portrait photographs of many of the writers and biographies of them and something of their relationship to Kunz.

'La confession publique d'un brocanteur'
Andrieux, M.G. (1769, 1936), La confession publique d'un brocanteur. Aventure extraordinaire, arrivée au mois de novembre 1769, sur un vaisseau parti de l'Amérique pour Saint-Malo. Elle est rapportée fidellement par M*** qui y étoit présent, suivant le manuscrit que l'on a trouvé dans ses papiers. Imprimerie Paillart, 48 pp.
Rare 1936 facsimile, presented to L. Barrault, with glued newspaper clipping.

EUR 125

Rare facsimile of 'la confession publique d'un brocanteur', a milestone in the history of artwork dealing. Numbered One (as all copies of this limited set), here presented to Loÿs Barrault, with his ex libris and private binding. Includes also a newspaper clipping about the publication of this book. We learn how art dealers may inflate prices, collude in auctions, &c.

Edmond Bonnaffé's 'Physiologie du curieux'
Bonnaffé, E. (1881), Physiologie du curieux. ed. Jules Martin, Paris, 80 pp. (number 531 of a limited edition of 600 copies, laid paper, original wrappers).

EUR 75

Description of the art collector, by famous French scholar Edmond Bonnaffé (1825-1903), who wrote profusely about the collecting process.