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),  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.