Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum / Museum van het Boek (The Hague)

Livres anciens des Pays-Bas : La collection Lessing J. Rosenwald provenant de la Bibliothèque d'Arenberg (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum, 29 August-9 October 1960; and Bibliothèque Albert I, Brussels, 21 October-31 December 1960)

Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, 1960
(22.5 cm), 148 (4) pp., [1] plate, text illustrations. 198 catalogue entries. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - An exhibition of books purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald (1891-1979) in 1955 from the library collected by Prosper Louis Duc d’Arenberg (1785-1861). Rosenwald considered this purchase (via William H. Schab) “probably [my] most important acquisition” (Lessing J. Rosenwald, “The Mirror of the Collector” in Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, volume 22, 1965, p.162). Catalogue entries by W. Post and R. Pennink. The plate illustrates two bindings: one features an Adoration of the Magi panel stamp (item 139; cf. E.P. Goldschmidt, Gothic and Renaissance bookbindings, London 1928, I, pp.248-249), the other Grolier’s copy of Cornelius Grapheus’s 1550 Antwerp festival book (item 166; cf. Gabriel Austin, The Library of Jean Grolier, New York 1971, no. 217). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
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