Sotheby's (London)

The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle. Part one: Natural History § Part two: Science, A-C § Part three: Western Manuscripts § Part four: Science, D-H § Part five: Science, I-O § Part six: Science, P-Z; Addenda § Part seven: Bibles, 1477-1739 § Part eight: Theology, Philosophy, Law and Economics § Part nine: Voyages, Travel and Atlases § Part ten: Applied Arts and Science, including Military and Naval books § Part eleven, English books and manuscripts § Part twelve, Continental books and manuscripts (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby's, London, 16 March 2004-2 October 2008)

London, Sotheby's, 2004-2008
Twelve volumes (28 cm), I (16 March 2004): 146 (2) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1-118. II (10 June 2004): 355 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 119-581. III (22 June 2004): 87 (1) pp., illustrations. Lot numbered 582-590. IV (4 November 2004): 343 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 591-1090. V (14 April 2005): 339 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1091-1571. VI (25-26 October 2005): 507 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1572-2290. VII (11 April 2006): 189 (3) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 2291-2455. VIII (25-26 October 2006): 411 (5) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 2456-3076. IX (15 March 2007): 301 (3) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 3077-3317. X (30 October 2007): 404 (4) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 3318-3857. XI (13 March 2008): 344 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 3858-4299. XII (2 October 2008): 412 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 4300-4832. Publisher’s printed cloth. - “The dispersal of the last great library, one equal in its day to those of the Earls of Sunderland, Pembroke and Oxford, to have remained (unlike those others) undiminished and untouched by time, without sophistication or alteration since the books were bought” (from a saleroom report of Part One, in The Book Collector, Summer 2004, p.253). “The sale itself is perhaps the greatest single loss to the national heritage since the sale of the Lawrence drawings in 1830” (saleroom report for Part Six, ibid., Spring 2006, p.76). ¶ Extensively annotated with viewing notes and prices.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2004
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2004-2008
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2005
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2006
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2007
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2008
Bibles - Collections, UK - Macclesfield library
Military art & science - Auction sale catalogues
Nautical science - Auction sale catalogues
Science books - Auction sale catalogues
Science books - Collections, UK - Macclesfield library
Travel books - Collections, UK - Macclesfield, Earls of
Authors/Creators
Sotheby's (London)
Owners
Macclesfield, Earls of
Auction date
20040316
20040610
20040622
20041104
20050414
20051025
20060411
20061025
20070315
20071030
20080313
20081002
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  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part one: Natural History (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 16 March 2004)

    London, Sotheby's, 2004
    (28 cm), 146 (2) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1-118. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - “A sale that sold mostly above estimate… with a very few failures” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Summer 2004, p.253). Bjorn Lowendahl paid the highest price, £250,000, for the classic twelve pages of Linnaeus Systema naturae 1735, mint in contemporary boards (lot 54). ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced. No price list.
    Subjects
    Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2004-2008
    Authors/Creators
    Sotheby's (London)
    Owners
    Macclesfield, Earls of
    Auction date
    20040316
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part two: Science, A-C (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 10 June 2004)

    London, Sotheby's, 2004
    (28 cm), 355 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 119-581. Laser print of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 2004, pp.446-448. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part three: Western Manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 22 June 2004)

    London, Sotheby's, 2004
    (28 cm), 87 (1) pp., illustrations. Lot numbered 582-590. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - The “Macclesfield Psalter”, an outstanding example of medieval art from East Anglia, was bought for £1.5m by Jörn Günther for the J. Paul Getty Museum. After a public appeal, it was “saved” as a national treasure, and deposited in The Fitzwilliam Museum. Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 2004, pp.448-451. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
    Subjects
    Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2004
    Authors/Creators
    Sotheby's (London)
    Owners
    Macclesfield, Earls of
    Auction date
    20040622
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part four: Science, D-H (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 4 November 2004)

    London, Sotheby's, 2004
    (28 cm), 343 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 591-1090. Laser print of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part five: Science, I-O (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 14 April 2005)

    London, Sotheby's, 2005
    (28 cm), 339 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1091-1571. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - “The dispersal of another tranche of this collection, however well catalogued, reveals the extent of the national loss” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Summer 2005, pp.263-265). ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced. No price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part six: Science, P-Z; Addenda (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 25-26 October 2005)

    London, Sotheby's, 2005
    (28 cm), 507 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 1572-2290. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - An illuminated copy of Pacioli Summa di arithmetica 1494 sold for £470,000 to Quaritch (estimate £120,000-£170,000); it was presumed to be the dedication copy to Guidobaldo da Montefeltro (1472-1508), and “thus a probably unique opportunity to acquire a book from the most legendary of all Renaissance libraries”; a vellum copy of the 1470 Sweynheym and Pannartz Pliny, made £530,000. “Looking back, it is possible to discern some changes of taste. Medical books are no longer attractive, and architecture less so than once (a long run of Vredeman de Vries got by, but no more). Astronomy did well and mathematics still more so (the noteworthy prices for algebra books in the last sale a conspicuous example). The tract volumes-that did so well in the early sales fell away, especially those with mixed content. Books on printing did badly as did writing books… The standard of cataloguing was maintained throughout, and the catalogues make handsome books, except for the defective binding” (quotations from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2006, pp.74-76). ¶ Copiously annotated copy, partly priced. No price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part seven: Bibles, 1477-1739 (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 11 April 2006)

    London, Sotheby's, 2006
    (28 cm), 189 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 2291-2455. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 2006, p.391. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part eight: Theology, Philosophy, Law and Economics (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 25-26 October 2006)

    London, Sotheby's, 2006
    (28 cm), 411 (1) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 2456-3076. Publisher’s printed cloth. - Highlight of the sale was £153,600 paid for lot 2481, Lewis Bayly’s The Practice of Piety (first published c. 1612), translated by John Eliot into Algonquin as Manitowompae pomantamoonk (Cambridge, MA 1665). “These were not books that would have normally excited much interest, still less competition, but yet again they did outstandingly well. Adroit cataloguing, emphasised in Paul Quarrie’s introduction, undoubtedly helped, but yet again the books, or rather the library, largely sold itself” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2007, pp.75-77). ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
    Subjects
    Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2006
    Authors/Creators
    Sotheby's (London)
    Owners
    Macclesfield, Earls of
    Auction date
    20061025
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part nine: Voyages, Travel and Atlases (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 15 March 2007)

    London, Sotheby's, 2007
    (28 cm), 301 (3) pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 3077-3317. Laser print of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 2007, pp.240-242. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part ten: Applied Arts and Science, including Military and Naval books (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 30 October 2007)

    London, Sotheby's, 2007
    (28 cm), 404 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 3318-3857. Laser print of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part eleven: English books and manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 13 March 2008)

    London, Sotheby's, 2008
    (28 cm), 344 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 3858-4299. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. ¶ Occasional annotation.
    Subjects
    Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2008
    Authors/Creators
    Sotheby's (London)
    Owners
    Macclesfield, Earls of
    Auction date
    20080313
  • Sotheby's (London)

    The Library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle : Part twelve: Continental books and manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 2 October 2008)

    London, Sotheby's, 2008
    (28 cm), 412 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). Lots numbered 4300-4832. Laser print of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed cloth, colour illustration laid to upper cover. - The 532 lots realised £1,490,280 (hammer). The highest price of the sale was £163,250, paid by Clavreuil for lot 4772, a copy of the 1495/1496 Aldine Theocritus, beautifully bound in green goatskin c. 1570 for Claude II de Laubespine. The Aldine Pollux and Stephanus Byzantinus, 1502, bound in Venetian goatskin (lot 4677), made £22,500. ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.
    Subjects
    Auction sale catalogues - Books - 2008
    Authors/Creators
    Sotheby's (London)
    Owners
    Macclesfield, Earls of
    Auction date
    20081002
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