Books & Manuscripts

Christie's offers for sale the best of the world’s printed books, maps, medieval manuscripts, autograph letters and archives. We are the market leaders in this category.


At the heart of our success is a team of specialists with unrivalled expertise in their fields, including medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; incunabula; science and medicine; natural history and botanicals; travel and cartography; Judaica; art, architecture and photography; Americana; music; and illustration and comic art.


We have achieved record results for the most important authors in history, from William Shakespeare to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, George Washington, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. Additionally we hold the world auction record for any Bible (a Gutenberg Bible sold from the library of Estelle Doheny for $5.4 million), for a printed scientific book (Newton’s Principia in a presentation binding, for $3.7 million), and for any manuscript (Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer, for $30.1 million).