Catalogue of very important illuminated manuscripts and printed books selected from the renowned library formed by Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903), maintained and augmented by his niece Madame Finaly, of Florence (d. 1938) and now sold in accordance with the terms of her will and on the instructions of her heirs, the present owners § The second portion: the famous musical collection § The third portion (catalogues of selections from the Landau-Finaly library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 12 July 1948-31 October 1949) View larger
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Catalogue of very important illuminated manuscripts and printed books selected from the renowned library formed by Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903), maintained and augmented by his niece Madame Finaly, of Florence (d. 1938) and now sold in accordance with the terms of her will and on the instructions of her heirs, the present owners § The second portion: the famous musical collection § The third portion (catalogues of selections from the Landau-Finaly library, sold in London, by Sotheby & Co., 12 July 1948-31 October 1949)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1948-1949
Three parts in one volume (25 cm), I (12-13 July 1948): 82 (6) pp., frontispiece, 50 plates (pls.I-L, some folding), text illustrations. Lots numbered 1-129. Errata and Addenda sheet tipped in. II (17-18 October 1949): pp. (2) 87-157 (1), 22 leaves of plates (pls.I-XXII), text illustrations. Lots numbered 130-446. III: (31 October 1949): pp. (2) 161-185 (1), [6] plates, text illustrations. Lots numbered 447-589. Lists of prices and buyers’ names are bound in (list for First portion in photocopy). Morocco-backed boards, a collector’s binding (original upper wrappers bound in). - The first post-War sale in Britain of a foreign library. The most important of the printed books was (lot 23) the 1462 Mainz Bible on vellum (acquired by Baron Landau for £400 at the Firmin-Didot sale in Paris, 12 June 1882), which sold to Quaritch for £15,400. To commemorate the sale, Sotheby’s reprinted Part I (only) on fine paper, with buyers’ names and prices printed in red in the margins (edition limited to 100 copies). ¶ Occasional pencil annotation. Attractive copy.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1948
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1948-1949
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1949
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Collections, Italy - Landau (Horace de, Baron), 1824-1903
Music books - Collections, Italy - Landau (Horace de, Baron), 1824-1903
Authors/Creators
Sotheby & Co. (London)
Owners
Finaly, Eugénie ("Jenny", née Ellenberger), 1850-1938
Landau, Horace de, Baron, 1824-1903
Auction date
19480712
19491017
19491031
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  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Catalogue of very important illuminated manuscripts and printed books selected from the renowned library formed by Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903), maintained and augmented by his niece Madame Finaly, of Florence (d. 1938) and now sold in accordance with the terms of her will and on the instructions of her heirs, the present owners (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 12-13 July 1948)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1948
    (25 cm), 82 (6) pp., frontispiece, 50 plates (pls.I-L, some folding), text illustrations. Lots numbered 1-129. Errata and Addenda sheet tipped in. Upper wrapper bound-in. ¶ List of prices and buyers’ names in photocopy.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    The second portion: the famous musical collection (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 17-18 October 1949

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1949
    (25 cm), pp. (2) 87-157 (1), 22 leaves of plates (pls.I-XXII), text illustrations. Lots numbered 130-446. List of prices and buyers’ names bound in. Upper wrapper bound-in. - A collection devoted principally to the earlier periods of music. “The Landau collection is chiefly remarkable for its wealth in rarities of the 16th and early 17th Centuries, and may be grouped under three main headings: early opera; early Italian, Burgundian and French choral music, sacred and secular; and early theoretical works and books of instruction” (from the Catalogue foreword). Cf. Richard S. Hill, “Music from the Collection of Baron Horace de Landau” in Library of Congress Quarterly Journal of Current Acquisitions, volume 7 (August 1950), pp.11-21. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    The third portion (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 31 October 1949)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1949
    (25 cm), pp. (2) 161-185 (1), [6] plates, text illustrations. Lots numbered 447-589. List of prices and buyers’ names bound in. Upper wrapper bound-in. - Lot 497, a Provençal grammar composed by Hugo Faidit about the middle of the 13th century, was bought by E.P. Goldschmidt (£105; now Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M.831). ¶ Pencil annotations.
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