Bonna–Bergé copy sold

A previously unlocated copy of the Chaucer was sold by Sotheby (in association with Pierre Bergé & associés), Paris, 28 June 2017, lot 692, for €52,634. It had a blind-stamped brown morocco binding (“maroquin brun décoré à froid, dos à cinq nerfs, entrenerfs décorés de fleurons quadrilobés, plats encadrés d’une bordure de filets, losanges et fleurons à froid, bordure intérieure ornée d’une large guirlande, non rogné (reliure postérieure)”), and the previous owners were identified as Jean A. Bonna and Pierre Bergé.

Jean A. Bonna, a Swiss banker, is a celebrated collector of paintings, drawings, books, and manuscripts.

Pierre Bergé (1930–2017) was a partner of Yves Saint Laurent, had broad cultural interests, and in 2015 was made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor.

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