Catalogue of an important portion of the extensive & valuable library of the late Sir John Hayford Thorold, Bart., removed from Syston Park, Lincolnshire (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 12-19 December 1884) View larger
  • The Complutensian Polyglot Bible (lot 108) was purchased by Quaritch for £176, and re-offered in January 1885 in their "Rough list of valuable and rare books, comprising the choicer portion of the library of the late Sir John Hayford Thorold, Bart., removed from Syston Park, Lincolnshire" (item 87, £210)
Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge (London)

Catalogue of an important portion of the extensive & valuable library of the late Sir John Hayford Thorold, Bart., removed from Syston Park, Lincolnshire (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 12-19 December 1884)

London, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 1884
(25.5 cm), vii (1), 193 (3) pp. 2110 lots. Bound in contemporary black cloth, back lettered “Syston Park Library Dec. 1884” (printed yellow wrappers retained). - The Syston Park library was collected by Sir John Thorold (1734-1815), ninth baronet, and by his son, John Hayford Thorold (1773-1831). The elder Thorold commenced collecting about 1785, and by 1789 had become well-known in the Parisian salerooms; his pace began to slacken about 1800. Sir John’s principal contribution was an impressive group of Elzevirs; his son concentrated on Aldines, incunabula, and early printing, and rebuilt the library at Syston in 1822-1824 to house the new acquisitions (Tim Knox, “Sir John Thorold’s library at Syston Park, Lincolnshire” in Apollo, volume 146, September 1997, pp.24-29). The sale of the library in 1884 was tremendously successful, realising just over £28,000, with some outstanding prices: the 1462 Mainz Psalter on vellum (£4950), and the 42-line Bible (£3900), are most notable. The auctioneer afterwards distributed copies of the sale catalogue annotated with buyers’ names and prices. The present copy is one of these; there was also an issue of 25 annotated copies in a larger format (c. 280 × 195 mm, designated large paper in manuscript facing the title; see Christie’s sale of the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana, New York, 22-23 March 2005, lot 328: $2640). Further sales of books occurred on 3 July 1899, 5 March 1923 (lots 1-317), and 9 April 1923 (lots 411-795); the house was demolished in 1924. ¶ Good copy.
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