Catalogue of the well-known and very valuable library formed at Durdans, Epsom, by the late Rt. Hon.ble. the Earl of Rosebery, KG, KT, sold by order of his daughter Lady Sybil Grant, and (in the case of heirlooms) with the consent of the court. The first and second portions (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 26-30 June 1933) § The third and final portion: the Napoleonic collection (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 24-25 July 1933) View larger
Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of the well-known and very valuable library formed at Durdans, Epsom, by the late Rt. Hon.ble. the Earl of Rosebery, KG, KT, sold by order of his daughter Lady Sybil Grant, and (in the case of heirlooms) with the consent of the court. The first and second portions (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 26-30 June 1933) § The third and final portion: the Napoleonic collection (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 24-25 July 1933)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1933
Three parts in two volumes (25 cm), I (26-30 June 1933): iv, 158 (2) pp., [23] leaves of plates (seven in colour). Lots numbered 1-1313. II (24-25 July 1933): (2) pp., pp.163-208 (4), [5] leaves of plates. Lots numbered 1315-1657. Loosely inserted: “Supplement to the Catalogue of the Third and Final Portion” (lots 1490A-1490X). Uniform publisher’s printed green wrappers. - “The essential feature of the library is its freedom from specialization” (saleroom report, in The Times, London, 24 May 1933, p.13). It contained the four Shakespeare folios (the First made a record price, selling for £14,500 to Rosenbach for Francis Joseph Hogan; the Second and Third also fell to Rosenbach, for £440 and £2000), a manuscript of Jane Austen’s “Lady Susan” (sold to the Chicago dealer Walter Hill, £2100; the Morgan Library purchased it in 1947 from James F. Drake), Keat’s “Endymion”, a presentation copy from the author to Leigh Hunt (also Hill, £2400; now NYPL, Berg Collection). The Napoleonic collection contained a great number of letters either written by Napoleon or addressed to him, including eight love letters written to Josephine between June 1796 and May 1800 (Maggs, £4400), and Napoleon’s farewell letter to Marie Louise on leaving for Elba dated 20 April 1814 (also Maggs, £1000). The plaster cast of Napoleon’s face taken at St Helena by Dr Antommachi, formerly in the collection of Prince Anatole Demidoff, made just £40 (its last known owner was Octave Aubry). ¶ Unmarked copies. No Price lists.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1933
Authors/Creators
Sotheby & Co. (London)
Owners
Rosebery and Midlothian, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of, 1847-1929
Other names
Napoléon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Auction date
19330626
19330725
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  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Catalogue of the well-known and very valuable library formed at Durdans, Epsom, by the late Rt. Hon.ble. the Earl of Rosebery, KG, KT, sold by order of his daughter Lady Sybil Grant, and (in the case of heirlooms) with the consent of the court. The first and second portions (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 26 June 1933)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1933
    (25 cm), 158 pp., 23 leaves of plates (some in colour). 1313 lots. Publisher’s printed green wrappers. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Catalogue of the well-known and very valuable library formed at Durdans, Epsom, by the late Rt. Hon.ble. the Earl of Rosebery, KG, KT, sold by order of his daughter Lady Sybil Grant, and (in the case of heirlooms) with the consent of the court : The third and final portion : the Napoleonic collection (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 25 July 1933)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1933
    (25 cm), pp.163-208, 5 leaves of plates. Lots numbered 1315-1657. Loosely inserted: “Supplement to the Catalogue of the Third and Final Portion” (lots 1490A-1490X). Publisher’s printed green wrappers. - Further books from the Durdans library were consigned by Lady Sybil Grant (1879-1955) to Sotheby’s, 2-4 June 1947, and she bequeathed 2762 volumes from her father’s collections, including a number of fine bindings and books from the Beckford library with annotations both by Beckford and the Earl of Rosebery, to the National Library of Scotland. Brian Hillyard, “Rosebery as book collector” in The Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, volume 7 (2012), pp.71-114. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
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