Catalogue of the library of the late Edward Gordon Duff, Esq., 293, Woodstock, Road, Oxford, sometime Sandars Reader in bibliography in the University of Cambridge (sold by order of his executors) : The first portion : the collection of early stamped bindings § The second portion : the general library comprising rare works of early English literature; incunabula; bibliography; interesting English, Scotch and Continental bindings (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 16-19 March 1925)
London, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 1925
Two parts in one volume (25 cm), I (16 March 1925): vi, 80 pp., 12 leaves of plates (upper and lower covers of lot 15; lots 36, 43, 46, 59, 85, 112, 117, 147; upper and lower covers of lot 178). 185 lots. II (17-19 March 1925): (2) 106 pp., 8 leaves of plates (lots 91, 181, 406, 432/461, 520, 92/590, 586/587, 289/668). 822 lots. Morocco-backed boards, a collector’s binding (original wrappers bound in). - Catalogue of the collection of early English bindings assembled by E. Gordon Duff (1863-1924), at one time librarian of the John Rylands Library, prepared by G.D. Hobson using Duff’s own descriptive slips (bequeathed with his other papers to Cambridge University; MS Add. 8591-8632). “This liberal interpretation of an auctioneer’s duty toward the proper presentment of an exceptional collection has made the Sotheby’s catalogue of the Gordon Duff sale one of the most valuable reference works on early English binding” (E.P. Goldschmidt, “The Study of early bookbinding” in The Bibliographical Society 1892-1942: studies in retrospect, London 1949, p.179). Although all books were sold as bindings, not subject to return on account of textual deficiencies, the sale realised an unexpectedly high total of £8099. The top price, £601, was paid for a 13th century vellum manuscript of the Bible, illuminated by a Northern French artist; knocked-down to Maggs, it soon entered the Olschki stock, and in 1927 was purchased by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (Ms W. 61). ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.