La collection Ribes
Day 2: The Library

An exceptional two-day auction
Exhibition: 7 - 11 December 2019
Second auction: 12 December 2019
Sotheby's Paris
Daniel Buren - Aimé Césaire, Cahier D'un Retour Au Pays Natal. Paris, Éditions Du Solstice, 2004. Daniel Buren designed this silkscreen livre-objet in a limited edition of 140. This copy is enhanced by one of only 20 sets of 4 original works by Buren.

On 12 December, Sotheby's Paris will offer for sale the extraordinary library of Counts Jean and Édouard de Ribes in which all the great texts of French literature, from the 16th to 21st centuries, are represented. Only been seen by a few visitors until now, the de Ribes' library spans six centuries of rare and precious books, from Montaigne to Aimé Césaire, from Apollinaire to Proust, from Picasso to Louise Bourgeois.

Highlights will include: a first edition of Montaigne's Essais, published in 1580 and preserved in the original vellum binding (estimate: €300,000-€500,000); a heavily-corrected luxury copy of À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, 1920 by Marcel Proust (estimate: €60,000-€80,000); a sublime copy of the Livre de fêtes published in 1745 for the marriage of the dauphin to Maria Theresa of Spain, bound by Padeloup for the daughter of Louis XV (estimate: €30,000-€50,000); Roy Lichtenstein's La Nouvelle chute de l'Amérique (estimate: €30,000-€40,000), Ode à ma mère by Louise Bourgeois (estimate: €20,000-€30,000), and Parler seul by Joan Miró bound by Brother Edgar Claes (estimate: €7,000-€10,000).