Rare to market illustrated and hand-colored Fontaine fables highlight Fall auction


LOS ANGELES, CA.- On October 10, collectors focused their attention on Bonhams highly anticipated Fine Books & Manuscripts auction. Simulcast to New York, the Los Angeles-based sale was comprised of fine and rare first edition books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and illustration art. Bonhams is the only auction house to offer bi-coastal previews to Books & Manuscripts clients. Dr. Catherine Williamson, Department Director, Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams, said of the auction: “It was a very good day for a sale, with bidders in the room, on the phone, and via the internet. The large collection of early printed material offered in this sale attracted buyers from around the globe, pushing prices well above expectations.” The marquee lot of the fall sale was a fresh-to-market first edition of the Oudry-illustrated edition of La Fontaine’s Fables (est. $15,000-20,000, sold for $122,500) 1755-59. This copy