Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper - 3 luglio 2019
Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper
Wednesday 3rd July 2019 1:00pm BST
Lots 1-121 The English as Collectors: a Documentary Library
The Property of the late Frank Herrmann (1927-2017), author, publisher, collector and mentor to many at Forum Auctions
Frank Herrmann (1927-2017)
Educated at Westminster School and Magdalen College, Oxford, Frank Herrmann spent much of his working life in book publishing, starting as a designer at Faber & Faber's in the late 1950s. He spent 15 years at Methuen's, later Associated Book Publishers, and then built up the publishing group Marshall Morgan & Scott.
Together with his wife Patricia, Frank Herrmann amassed a collection of English Delftware, and later other ceramics, including 18th and 19th century dinner services. He was always interested in the art market and the auction world, and specifically in the history of collecting, and in the late 1960s wrote five articles for The Connoisseur on the collector Edmund Solly. He went on to write two major books in these areas: The English as Collectors: A Documentary Chrestomathy (1972, revised in 1999 and subsequently reprinted) and Sotheby's: Portrait of an Auction House (1980). In 1982 he became director in charge of European overseas operations at Sotheby's, but left to found his own auction house, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, from which he retired in 2000. In the course of his authorship he acquired many books and papers on the history of collecting, some of which are in the Wallace Collection and the remainder retained in his personal archives.
He also wrote a series of children's books about the Giant Alexander that sold more than 600,000 copies and were translated into many languages. His autobiography, Low Profile: A Life in the World of Books, appeared in 2002.
Esposizione dei lotti
220 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4LP
Monday 1st July 10.00am-5.30pm
Tuesday 2nd July 10.00am-5.30pm
Day of sale from 10.00am