Catalogue of a library of printed books, manuscripts and fine bindings; the property of Mrs. Evelyn Stainton, Barham House, Canterbury (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 26-27 February 1951)
London, Sotheby & Co., 1951
(25 cm), 39 (1) pp., frontispiece, 19 leaves of plates (pls.I-XIX). 294 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “This library, which has escaped the notice of bibliographers, was formed by Thomas Stainton in the last forty years of the nineteenth century. The first books appear to have been purchased about 1864 and the last additions were made at the W.H. Corfield sale in 1904. The collection is remarkable for its fine bindings; these include Scottish bindings, English Restoration and eighteenth-century bindings, including one by the Cambridge binder, Moore, and one of the rare bindings for Frederick, Prince of Wales; Italian and French Renaissance bindings, including one for Thomas Mahieu (Maiolus) which has hitherto been known only by a rubbing taken when it passed through an English book sale in the 1860s” (notice of forthcoming sales, in The Burlington Magazine, volume 93, February 1951, p.66). ¶ Annotated in pencil with prices and buyers’ names. No price list.