Ancient, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are notably on the program for this 55th and final session of the dispersion of the Aristophil collections. Among the remarkable pieces of the sale, the Tamerit Papyrus, dating back to about 210 BC. AD, estimated between 100,000 and 150,000 €. We read there – provided you know the hieratic writing – the journey of the god Osiris in the underworld…
This papyrus rivals, on the speculative level, with the famous book of Nicolas Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, estimated between 150,000 and 200,000 €. 202 sheets and 142 wood-engraved diagrams for this original 16th century edition of a work that is still highly sought after.
Several books of hours, richly illuminated, also dot the sale: one of the oldest known in France, from around the 13th century, probably from Troyes. ” The 13th century saw the appearance of a new liturgical book, the Book of Hours, which gradually replaced the Psalter or the Psalter-Hours as a book of devotion among the laity, in accordance with the edicts of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 which imposed on the faithful a minimum annual confession “recalls Aguttes.
the Catherine’s Book of Hours (for use in Rome)rich in a large number of miniatures in view of its thinness, rivals the Book of hours for the use of Parisilluminated on parchment with four large miniatures by Jean Bourdichon and 12 by the Master of Boccaccio in Munich at the end of the 15th century.
One of the centerpieces of the collection remains theManuscript Atlas by Honoré Boyer, which dates back to the middle of the 17th century and includes 8 double cards on vellum skin. The work of an amateur cartographer, it is no less fine and colorful.
Incunabula are not to be outdone, with a 15th-century copy of the Latin Bible incunabula by Heinrich Eggenstein, a pupil of Gutenberg. The Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), one of the most richly illustrated incunabula of the 15th century, with its innovative layout for the time, mixing text and images, is estimated between 40,000 and 60,000 €.
The Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel (Aguttes)
An Office of the Blessed Virgin, dated to the middle of the 18th century, is also noted for its owner, Madame de Pompadour, who received it from King Louis XV himself.
On the correspondence side, those of Einstein, Becquerel, Levi-Strauss, Rousseau or even Balzac will be offered.
The inevitable Louis-Ferdinand Céline will be there, with an autograph manuscript of Rigodona novel written when the writer feels his last hour is approaching… We read there: ” I’m rambling, I’ll lose you, but it’s instinct that I don’t know if I’ll ever finish this book […] we only have one life, it’s not much, especially me, my case that I feel the fates scratching my thread… »
In the kitchen of literature, again, let us point out this autograph manuscript by Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), of 110 pages, used from 1830 to 1847. This “ pantry », as the writer called it, allows us to follow, page by page, the elaboration of the human comedy. An exceptional document, estimated between 200,000 and 250,000 €…
Recall that the company Aristophil, placed in compulsory liquidation and then dissolved in 2015, housed a vast scam of which nearly 18,000 savers were victims. The same year, Gérard LHéritier, founder of the company created in 1990, was indicted, among other things, for deceptive commercial practices and fraud in an organized gang.
Photography: the Papyrus Tamérit (Aguttes)