Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of very choice and valuable early printed books with a few illuminated manuscripts (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 18 July 1919)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1919
(26 cm), 35 (1) pp. 240 lots. Publisher’s yellow printed wrappers. - The fourth of six sales, spread over a decade. “If the Fairfax Murray library had been dispersed in one continuous series of sales, the event would have been truly sensational…”, for the collections of early books were “among the largest and choicest in private hands” (Seymour de Ricci, English collectors of books and manuscripts, Cambridge 1930, p.178). By far the most important volume in this sale was lot 11, the Block Book of the apocalyptic vision of St John (ex-Pembroke sale, 1914, £2120); here, it realised only £950 (now Pierpont Morgan Library, 21786). This portion also features the collector’s long series of Savonarola editions (lots 113-216). Unillustrated issue (the illustrated issue contains two plates). ¶ Wrapper discoloured; an unmarked copy. Contemporary typed List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted.

£ 22


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