Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of a selected portion of the very choice and valuable library formed by the late Hermann Marx, Esq. of Fairmile Lea, Cobham, Surrey (and now sold by order of the executors) (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 19 April 1948)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1948
(25 cm), 28 pp., folding frontispiece, [12] p. of plates. 202 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The collector was a successful financier (joint-founder of the merchant bankers Cull & Company, which acted for Chester Beatty among others), bibliophile and print collector (Lugt 2816a). Among his manuscripts was Pietro de’ Crescenzi, “Ruralium Commodorum” (lot 32, ex-Robert Hoe and Chester Beatty), bought for £750 by Maggs, returned to the market in Sotheby’s, 6 July 2010, lot 34; now University of Pennsylvania, Schoenberg Collection (Transformation of Knowledge: Early Manuscripts from the Collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg, London 2006, no. 265). Marx’s most valuable printed book was the 1497 Giunta Ovid, from the Dyson Perrins collection (lot 110), bought for £1000 by Maggs. ¶ Spine of the catalogue reinforced at any early date. Photocopy of List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted.