Published by Holt, Rhinehart & Winston, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.
Condition: Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with heavy wear to the top edge, laminate lifting along the top edge of the upper panel which is also heavily creased. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. Illustrated / decorative end papers. From the cover: The firm of Sotheby was founded in 1744. The name has long been famous. Each year some of the worlds finest and most precious works pictures, books, silver, jewellery, furniture, and objets dart pass through their hands. The Ivory Hammer is a permanent record, specially designed and lavishly illustrated, of some of the masterpieces which were sold during Sothebys 219th season, reproducing many which had never previously been seen by the general public. The articles are by acknowledged experts in their field; the short story, The Property of a Lady, specially written for this book by Ian Fleming, is offered as an entertaining and intriguing contrast.