THE KISSNER COLLECTION OF BOOKS ON ROME Sold by Order of the Executors of the Late Franklin H. Kissner. [ Christie's, Auction Catalogue, Sale Dates: 3 - 5 October 1990 ]. Christie's.
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|Title||THE KISSNER COLLECTION OF BOOKS ON ROME Sold by Order of the Executors of the Late Franklin H. Kissner. [ Christie's, Auction Catalogue, Sale Dates: 3 - 5 October 1990 ]. Christie's.|
|Condition||Fine with no dust jacket|
|Description||Softcover, unopened. "So many splendid, illustrated books form part of the Kissner Collection that it is difficult to single out the finest for mention in this short introduction. Mr. Kissner evidently bought most of his books in Europe, from Italian dealers as well as from the English trade and less often in the sale-rooms. Many of his most important acquisitions came from E. P. Goldschmidt & Co. , notably the superb set of Lafreni's Speculum from the Pecci-Blunt Collection. Other purchases such as the Northwick copy in contemporary French morocco of Hamilton's Antiquities were made through Lathrop C. Harper, Inc. , of which Mr. Kissner was the principal owner from 1968 to 1979. (His set of Piranesi also has a Northwick provenance). Finally, his extraordinary run of Mirabilia Romae deserves brief mention (even if he missed a copy of the Freitag edition in its original vellum wrapper, in the Doheny sale) , since they were not acquired in a block purchase but patiently identified and hunted down one by one. The sheer number of these exceedingly rare early guide-books to Rome forms a true testimony to his tenacity and collecting stamina." -|