Catalogue of valuable and extensive library, the property of the late Sir Robert Leighton. The first portion: private press books, bibliography and other modern books … including runs of books from the Ashendene, Beaumont, Bremer, Caradoc, Cranach, Cresset, Cuala, Daniel, Doves, Essex House, Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Kelmscott, Lee Priory, Shakespeare Head and Vale Presses, including many copies printed on vellum; fine bindings by the Doves and Gregynog Press Binderies, and other leading craftsmen of the last seventy years; a collection of designs for the Doves Bindery by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson § The second portion: fine bindings, early printed books and a few manuscripts [Contents:] …including French and Italian Renaissance bindings, including examples for P.L. Farnese and Sir William Pickering; two bindings by Jakob Krause; John Stanbridge, Vulgaria Stanbrigi, Wynkyn de Worde, N.D.; books from the Aldine, Elzevir, Baskerville and Strawberry Hill Presses; English and Continental embroidered bindings; Restoration bindings by the Samuel Mearne bindery, the Queen’s Binders, Alexander Cleeve, Roger Bartlett and Richard Balley; 18th century bindings for Elkanah Settle and by Moore of Cambridge, Richard Montagu, Wier, Stagemeier and Welcher, and the Edwards of Halifax bindery; French bindings for Mme. de Pompadour, and by A.M. Padeloup le jeune and N.D. Derome le jeune, and Voltaire’s Henriade, Didot, 1819, bound for presentation to Louis XVIII; fore-edge paintings; an inlaid Philadelphia binding; a Greek silver binding, c. 1812; a binding by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson; Whittaker’s Magna Carta, 1816, printed in gold; five bindings by Roger Payne (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 9-11 May 1960 and 18 October 1960)
London, Sotheby & Co., 1960
Two volumes (24.5 cm), I (9-11 May 1960): 101 (1) pp.,  plates (one folding). 714 lots. II (17-18 October 1960): 98 pp.,  plates (including folding frontispiece). Lots numbered 715-1129. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The collector (1884-1959) was chairman and managing director of the Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company, a director of the Nonsuch Library Ltd., and past-Chairman of the Master Binders’ Association. In addition to some notable French and Italian Renaissance bindings, English Restoration bindings, Leighton collected specially bound books from the Ashendene Press, Gregynog Press, and Kelmscott Press. ¶ Good, unmarked copies.