Art market Magazine February 2014

 
Books and Manuscripts 
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This segment covers…
Books and Manuscripts
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This segment covers all periods, all literary styles, and also – as illustrations are involved– a broad range of artistic movements. With Renaissance Missals,
first editions of 19th century novels or 20th century artist's books, there is something for everyone. Well-established through the wealth of France's literature and the perseverance of independent booksellers, which distribute the rarest books, the "books and manuscripts" category represents 4% of the entire French market – i.e. a proportion similar to the "silverwork and jewellery" sector, and larger than that of Old Masters. The French market is atypical, and has not developed in the same way as the world market. After gradually falling until 2010, the books and manuscripts market has perked up significantly. It has grown rapidly and is now back to its 2006 level. In 2012 alone it rose by 30%, with ever-higher prices and an unsold rate dropping

The French market is a typical and has not developed in the same way as the world market. In 2012 alone it rose by 30% will ever-higher prices...

below the 30% threshold. Outside France, this sector, which also suffered setbacks throughout the 2000s, only showed a slight rise in 2010, and has stagnated ever since. In 2012, despite a rise in the number of specialised sales, results even went down, while the unsold rate grew considerably. So are we talking about a French cultural exception ? François Marical

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€252,000 Voltaire (1694-1778), "La Pucelle d’Orléans", London, 1774. Copy on Hollande paper with the complete series of 20 drawings by Gravelot, in-8°, period red morocco binding with lacework patterning.
Paris, Hôtel du Louvre, 23 November 2009. Alde SVV.

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