[Stock catalogues, numbered series: 1] Fine books & manuscripts : including books from the 15th to the 19th century, incunabula, fine morocco bindings, books printed on vellum, English books of the Elizabethan age, scientific classics, a few books with coloured plates and a highly important illuminated manuscript of the Winchester School
London, H.A. Feisenberger, 1947
(24 cm), 58 pp., 6 leaves of plates (pls.I-XII; pls.XIII-XIV printed on wrappers), text illustrations. 186 items; priced. Entries for items 114 and 137 are corrected by paste-on cancels. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The “highly important illuminated manuscript of the Winchester School” promoted on the title-page (item 152A, £650) is a Psalter written on vellum early in the 14th century, probably at Hyde Abbey (now Pierpont Morgan Library, Ms. G.19, via William S. Glazier and Maggs). Hellmut Albert Feisenberger (1909-1999) arrived in London in 1933 and through the intercession of Maurice Ettinghausen of Maggs, found employment at Davis & Orioli. During the War, Feisenberger also worked part-time as cataloguer for Sotheby’s; in 1947, he set out as an independent bookseller. This is the first in a short series of numbered catalogues issued before Feisenberger entered into a short-lived partnership with Richard Gurney, following which he was chief cataloguer for Dawson’s of Pall Mall, and then for Sotheby’s. Cf. Nicolas Barker, “H.A. Feisenberger” in The Book Collector, Winter 1999, pp.611-614; Bloomsbury Book Auctions, The Library of H.A. Feisenberger, London, 17 April 1998 (lots 310-566). ¶ Wrapper lightly dust-soiled; otherwise a good, unmarked copy.