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A gentleman’s natural pursuits

Hunting rarities and a wide range of fauna and flora from single-owner collection

Books and works on paper

Natural history works, together with books, prints, even pictures featuring aspects of hunting, were a key component of a Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale of November 2 billed only as The Library of a European Gentleman.

The odd firearm, a crossbow, and even snuffboxes decorated with hunting scenes were also to be found in the catalogue, but this was an unusual and very mixed collection and it was not always those works which produced the higher bids.

Early printed books and atlases also made a significant contribution to the premium-inclusive £2.2m sale total, but these will feature in later reports.


Promoted as the first printed book on agriculture was a 1471, Augsburg first edition of the Opus ruralium commodorum, a well-known practical manual compiled in the early 14th century by a retired lawyer, Pietro de’ Crescenzi.

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