Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. (parts 2-8 only, lacking part 1)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1965-1968
Seven volumes (24.5 cm), as issued, in the publisher’s printed wrappers. - An incomplete set of the illustrated catalogues, lacking “The first portion” (sold on 10-11 May 1965). Sotheby’s had previously sold books from Kenney’s library, on 28 June 1954 (including the collector’s 1543 Copernicus, now lost; Owen Gingerich, An Annotated Census of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus, Leiden 2002, p.318 no.I.241), and (anonymously) on 13 April and 2 November 1964. ¶ Good, unmarked copies.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1965
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1965-1968
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1966
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1967
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1968
Science books - Auction sale catalogues
Science books - Collections, UK - Kenney (Cyril Ernest), 1898-1973
Authors/Creators
Sotheby & Co. (London)
Owners
Kenney, Cyril Ernest, 1898-1973
Auction date
19650510
19651020
19660328
19660606
19661024
19670522
19680325
19681021
  • This collection contains

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    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The first portion: trade and economics, geography, navigation, maps, surveying, and social history, part II: L-Z (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 18-20 October 1965)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1965
    (24.5 cm), 155 (1) pp., [3] plates, text illustrations. Lots numbered 536-1338. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. - Dawson paid £2700 for a six-volume set of Merian’s Topographiae (1660-1726) with 59 maps and 982 plates (lot 807); the highest price of the second day was paid by Loeb for the 1513 Strasbourg Ptolemy (lot 1038). ¶ Good, unmarked copy.
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    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The third portion: science and surveying A to G … …comprising Continental books, including Agricola’s De re metallica, 1558, first edition, Besson’s Instrumens mathématiques, 1578, Euclid’s Elementa, Venice, Ratdolt, 1482 and Perspectiva y especularia, 1585, first Spanish edition, Fontana’s Obelisco Vaticano, 1590, Fuchs’s Historia stiripum, 1542 and Gallucci’s Speculum Uranicum, 1593; English books, including Benese’s Manner of measurynge, first edition, Blagrave’s Mathematical jewel, [1585], Brigg’s Logarithmicall arithmeticke, 1631, Brown’s Triangular quadrant, 1671, Cunningham’s Cosmographical glasse, 1559, Digges’s Pantometria, 1571 and 1591, including The interpreter of the Academie, 1640 and Advertisement for men inclyned to plantations in America, 1660; works of Frederick Accum, Apianus, John Collins, Oronce Finé, Sir John Fitzherbert and Galilei; books on architecture, astronomy, fortifications, mathematics, medicine, mining and painting (catalogue of a portion of the Kenney library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 28-29 March 1966)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1966
    (24.5 cm), 110 pp., [2] plates, text illustrations. Lots 1339-1913. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. ¶ Good, unmarked copy. Photocopy of List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted.
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    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The fourth portion: manuscripts, autograph letters, historical documents and printed books … including Christopher Packe’s Philosophico-Chorographical chart of East Kent, 1737; almanacs, maps and atlases; books on economics, technology, canals and railways; painting, drawing and works of art; hymnology; London, town planning and topography; letters of Charles Babbage, Isambard and Marc Isambard Brunel, sir John Burgoyne, William de Morgan, Evelyn, Faraday, John Flamsteed, Robert Owen, James Rennell, Gurney Turner, James Watt and James Wyatt; Humphrey Repton’s “red book” for Barton Seagrave in Northamptonshire; papers of Sir Edward Dering; an Italian 16th century manuscript of glass-making; agreements and documents concerning the Adam Brothers, Thomas Bewick, Judge Jeffreys, Sir John Rennie and L.C. Sturm; manuscripts on surveying, mathematics, perspective, engineering, bridge-building and railways; account books and tradesmen’s bills (catalogue of a portion of the Kenney library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 6 June 1966)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1966
    (24.5 cm), 84 pp., [4] plates. Lots 1914-2311. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. ¶ Good, unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The fifth portion: science and surveying G to M … comprising Gilbert’s De magnete, 1600, Godwin’s Man in the moon, 1638, Halley’s Catalogus stellarum, 1679, Harriot’s Artis analytical praxis, 1631, Harris’s Lexicon technicum, 1704-10, Haudicquer’s Art of glass, 1699, Hayward’s Rigging of ships, 1655, Hertford Castle survey, 1608, Helvelius’s Selenographia, 1647 and Machina coelestis, 1673-79, the author’s presentation copy to Edmund Halley, Hooke’s Micrographia, 1665 and Cutlerian lectures, 1679, Houghton’s Compleat miner, 1681, Ingenhousz’s Experiments upon vegetables, 1779, Jenner’s Book of drawing, 1647, Jousse’s Art de carpenterie, 1627, Koebel’s Ursprung der Messung, 1522, Leigh’s Science of surveying, 1577, 1588 and 1596, Le Muet’s Art of fairbuilding, 1670, Lucar’s Treatise named Lucarsolace, 1590 and collections of the works of William Halfpenny, John Harris, Batty Langley and William Leybourn; books on architecture, astronomy, builder’s and cabinet maker’s price books, fortifications, scientific instruments, mathematics, mining, road making and technology (catalogue of a portion of the Kenney library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 24-25 October 1966)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1966
    (24.5 cm), 99 (1) pp., [4] plates. Lots 2312-2876. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. ¶ Good, unmarked copy. No Price List.
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    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The sixth portion: science and surveying M to R … comprising Mascall’s Approved remedies to take out spottes and staines in silk…, 1588, Robert Hooke’s copy of Mouton’s Observationes, 1670, Joseph Moxon’s The use of astronomical playing cards, 1676 and Mechanick exercises, 1677-83, Napier’s Logarithmorum canonis descriptio, 1614 and Rabdologiae, 1617, Papin’s New digester, 1681-87, Pfintzing’s Methodus geometrica, 1598, Power’s Experimental philosophy, 1644, Ramelli’s Diverse et artificiose machine, 1588, Ramus’s Arithmeticae libri duo, 1569, the author’s copy with his autograph annotations; collections of the works of Benjamin Martin, William Molyneux, Jonas Moore, Samuel Norland, Sebastian Munster, Antonio Neri, Richard Neve, Peter Nicholson, John Norden, William Oughtred, Jacques Ozanam and Sir John Pettus; manufactures catalogues and works on architecture, astronomy, mathematics, mining, fortification, glass, microscopy and perspective (catalogue of a portion of the Kenney library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 22-23 May 1967)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1967
    (24.5 cm), 99 (1) pp., [7] plates. Lots 2877-3438. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. ¶ Occasional pen mark. No Price list.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The seventh portion: science and surveying, R to Z [Contents:] …comprising Rodler’s Unterweisung der Kunst des Messens, 1531, Rovenzon’s Treatise of metallica, 1613, Savery’s Miner’s friend, 1702, Schübler’s Werck, c. 1720, Serlio’s Architecture, 1611, Sirturius, Telescopium, 1618, Huygen’s copy of Snellius, Eratosthenes batavus, 1621, Steno’s Dissertation concerning solids, 1671, Sturmy’s Mariners magazine, 1669, Taisnier, Opusculum de natura magnetis, 1562, Tartaglia, Three books of colloquies, 1588, Vaughan’s Waterworks, 1610, Verantius, Machinae, c. 1590-1600, Verbiest’s Scientific instruments, Peking, 1674, Viviani, De maximis et minimis, 1659, a presentation copy, Woodall’s Surgeon’s mate, 1655, Earl of Worcester, Century of inventions, 1663, Worsop’s Discoverie of errors by landemeaters, 1582, Zeising’s Theatrum machinarum, 1613-27; works on architecture, astronomy, mathematics, mining, fortification and related subjects (catalogue of a portion of the Kenney library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 25-26 March 1968)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1968
    (24.5 cm), 123 (1) pp., [7] plates. Lots 3439-4061. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. - The copy of Verbiest (lot 3833), ex-Pierre Leopold Van Alstein and the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, was purchased by H.P. Kraus (Catalogue 137, [1974], item 83); cf. Noël Golvers, Ferdinand Verbiest, S.J. (1623-1688) and the Chinese Heaven (Louvain 2003), pp.345-347 no. LO1 (located in 2001 in a private collection in Australia). ¶ Good, unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Catalogue of the celebrated collection, the property of C.E. Kenney, F.B.A., F.R.I.C.S. The eighth and final portion: science, surveying, technology … comprising Alexis of Piedmont’s Secrets, 1566-69, Benese’s Boke of Measurynge, 1537, Boillot’s Modelles de feu, 1598, Browne’s Ars pictoria, 1669, Caus’s Raisons des forces mouvantes, 1624, Danfrie’s Graphomètre, 1597, Faithorne’s Art of graveing and etching, the only copy known with part II, 1662, Gellibrand’s Discourse of the magneticall needle, 1635, Leigh’s Science of surveying, 1578 and 1596, Reisch’s Margarita philosophica, 1503; works on architecture, mathematics, mining, fortification and related subjects (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 21 October 1968)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1968
    (24.5 cm), 79 (1) pp., [3] plates. Lots 4062-4461. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. ¶ Good, unmarked copy.
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