Catalogue of a portion of the valuable and extensive library, the property of the late Mrs. Hilda Leyel. The first section: A-L … Works on alchemy, astrology, science and medicine; angling, hunting and sport; ballet and dancing; cookery; and husbandry and gardening, also English books printed before 1700; fine bindings; fête books; travel § The second and final section: M-Z and addenda … Collections on roses and on wine and distilling; Andrews’s roses; Choix des Plus Belles Roses; Mary Lawrence’s collection of roses from nature; Redouté’s roses and the Gaignat copy of Petrus Crescentis, Le Livre des Prouffitz Champestres (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 14 April-10 June 1958)
London, Sotheby & Co., 1958
Two volumes (24.5 cm), I (14-16 April 1958): 75 (1) pp.,  plates. Lots numbered 1-612. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. II (9-10 June 1958): 42 pp.,  plates. Lots numbered 613-978. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. - Included in the second portion were 30 books on roses; the fine Liechtenstein library copy of A collection of roses from nature, with 91 plates coloured by hand by Mary Lawrence and published by her in 1799, realised £840 (E.P. Goldschmidt). Hilda Leyel (1880-1957) also collected botanical books during her years as chairman of the Society of Herbalists; these were consigned by the Society to Sotheby’s, and sold 7-8 July 1958 (236 lots) and 13 March 1967 (318 lots). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copies.