Three volumes (25 and 27 cm), I: xv (1), 152 pp. Lots numbered 1-1085. Publisher's green printed wrappers. II: 32 pp. Lots numbered 1-93. Publisher's beige printed wrapper. III: (4) 176 pp. Lots numbered 1-1512. Publisher's green printed wrappers. - Rare set of auction sale catalogues offering a portion of the vast library of the marquises of Astorga, established by Alonso Osorio, VII marqués de Astorga (c. 1533-1592), and over the next two or three centuries augmented through inheritance of the libraries of the Conde-Duque, Velada, Montemar, Leganés, Sessa, among others. The death in 1816 of the XVI marqués de Astorga required his heir to dispose of properties in Spain, and brought books and paintings onto the London and Paris markets. Another financial crisis, caused by the death in 1864 of Vicente Pío, XVIII marqués de Astorga, XIV conde de Altamira, and XV duque de Sessa, was the occasion for these three sales of books held in Paris in 1870. ¶ Upper covers of parts I and III inscribed by the poet and journalist Jacques-Eutrope Lambert (1842-1910), the latter dated by him 15 May 1870. Otherwise unmarked; small defects to wrappers; insect damage in lower margin of 10 leaves of Part III.
Four volumes (25 cm), I (nos. 1-8, 1876-October 1878): (8) xii, 880 (2) pp., 7 colour plates (inserted after pp.598, 618, 652, 686, 714, 794, 816), illustrations. Items 1-4562; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers bound-in. II (nos. 9-13, June 1879-June 1881): (2) xl, 930 (2) pp., 6 full-page and 2 folding colour plates (after pp.xxviii, xxxiv (2), xxxvii (2), 78, 89, 247), illustrations (some in 2 colours). Items 4563-7880; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers bound-in. III (nos. 14-19, March 1883-December 1886): (2) 911 (1) pp., leaf of text inserted (after p.1), plate (inserted after p.796), 2 folding colour plates (after pp.52, 100), illustrations (some in 2 colours). Items 7881-11725; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers bound-in. IV (nos. 20-24, February 1887-January 1889): (2) 1120 pp., 2 leaves of text (inserted after pp.1, 480), 9 plates (inserted after pp.48, 70, 80, 94, 110, 142, 388, 412, 436), illustrations (some in 2 colours). Items 11726-16804. Publisher’s printed wrapper (upper only) bound-in. Uniformly bound in brown buckram, top edges gilt. - The first four volumes (issues 1-24) of a work of enduring utility, seldom found complete (another six volumes were published, describing item nos. 16805-46593). The business was founded by Damascène Morgand and Charles Fatout in 1875. After the death in 1882 of Fatout, the Société Morgand & Fatout was dissolved, and Morgand continued under his name alone, until 1897, when he entered into partnership with Édouard Rahir. The “Bulletin Mensuel No. 8” dated October 1878 apparently is the second bookseller’s catalogue to be illustrated by colour (chromotypographie) plates, following a Librairie Bachelin-Deflorenne catalogue for an auction conducted earlier the same year. Included in volume I are two essays on “Le Marot-Guiffrey”, by E. Schnerb and Paul de Saint-Victor; “Reliures anciennes: reliures modernes”, unsigned; “Variétés bibliographiques: Les Farces de Georges Alione d’Asti”, by Émile Picot. Printed in volume II are essays on “Le Patissier françois des Elzevier”, by L. Potier and Ernest Quentin-Bauchart; a memoir of Trautz-Bauzonnet (1808-1879), unsigned; “Les reliures en mosaïque du XVIIIe siècle”, by “Un Bibliophile” (reprinted from Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1 October 1879); “Deux reliures en mosaïque du XVIII siècle de la Bibliothèque de Comte d’Hoym” by Baron J. Pichon; “Les Daphnis et Chloé du Régent: reliés en mosaïque”, unsigned. A printed leaf inserted before “Bulletin Mensuel No. 20” announces that all the books described therein are from Henri Beraldi’s catalogue Bibliothèque d’un bibliophile (1885), i.e. the library of Eugène Paillet. A similar notice inserted before “Bulletin Mensuel No. 22” announces that the books described therein are all from the library of Baron Gonzagues de St. Geniès. ¶ Paper occasionally brittle; a clean tear in II, pp.853-854, has caused no loss.
Five volumes (29 cm), uniform half-morocco, a collector’s binding (original wrappers bound in). - Illustrated issues (limited to 500 numbered sets and printed on special paper) of five Firmin-Didot sale catalogues. The magnificent collections assembled by Ambroise Firmin Didot (1790-1876) were dispersed in eight sales conducted in Hôtel Drouot in Paris between 1877 and 1910. The first and two last sale catalogues are lacking here: “Estampes anciennes et dessins” (16 April-12 May 1877, experts Danlos fils & Delisle et G. Pawlowski); “Livres précieux, manuscrits et imprimés: Théologie, jurisprudence, sciences, arts, lettres, histoire [other title:] Partie de la bibliothèque de M. Ambroise Firmin-Didot” (10-14 June 1884, experts Émile Paul, L. Huard et Guillemin & Pawlowski); as well as an anonymous book sale (18-21 May 1910, experts Émile Paul et fils et Guillemin). Cf. André Jammes and Françoise Courbage, Les Didot: Trois siècles de typographie et de bibliophilie, 1698-1998, catalogue of an exhibition held at the Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris, 15 May-30 August 1998 (Paris 1998). ¶ No author’s index and list of prices for 1883 sale.
(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.
Three volumes (29 cm), I (13-25 April 1891): (4) xv (1), 448 pp. 2004 lots. II (20-31 May 1895): xxviii, 420 pp.,  plate (portrait), text illustrations. 1753 lots. II (19-23 May 1896): viii, 150 pp., illustrations. Includes a Supplément (one leaf, describing lot 805 bis). Two volumes uniformly bound in contemporary red cloth, black skiver lettering-pieces; one volume bound in contemporary half-morocco (original wrappers retained in each volume). - Three (of eight?) auction sale catalogues dispersing the “second” library assembled by the architect Hippolyte-Alexandre-Gabriel-Walter Destailleur (1822-1893); his first library had been sold in 1879, becoming the foundation for the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin (Cédric Destailleur, “Hippolyte Destailleur: architecte-collectionneur” in L’artiste collectionneur de dessin: De Giorgio Vasari à aujourd’hui, edited by Catherine Monbeig-Goguel, Paris 2006, pp.147-162). Offered here are the catalogues of Destailleur’s most valuable books (sold 13-25 April 1891, realising 467,327 Fr.), his collection of ornament books and prints (sold 20-31 May 1895, realising 333,270 Fr.), and some of his drawings (sold 19-23 May 1896, realising 267,266 Fr.). Blogie II, 199 (April 1891); Blogie II, 217 (May 1895). ¶ Bindings fatigued. Two entries clipped from one leaf (1891 sale, pp.141-142), neatly replaced with typescript facsimiles.
London (i.e. Rome), Officina poligrafica romana, 1899
Two parts in one volume (27 cm), I: 401 (3) pp. Items 1-2382. II: 187 (21) pp. Items 1-2277. Bound in contemporary half-leather. - Parts I-II of the catalogue of Italian books in the library of Charles Fairfax Murray, compiled by Giuseppe Cavalieri. A third part (lacking here), describing books acquired from Gerolamo Marchese d’Adda (1815-1881), appeared three years later (London [i.e. Florence] 1902); the edition of this reputedly was limited to 62 copies. According to James Walsh, in The Book Collector, volume 18 (1969), p.164, “only 50 copies [were] printed” of the previous two catalogues. Cf. Arthur Rau, “The Italian Fairfax Murray catalogue (1899). Note 326” in The Book Collector, volume 19 (1970), p.96. ¶ Binding stamped with owner’s name at foot of spine: Avv. U. Carcassi. Occasional spotting (heaviest on endpapers); nonetheless, an attractive copy.
Thirty catalogues (21-22 cm), of which 25 are bound in two volumes (1-16, 18-26), contemporary half-morocco (original wrappers preserved), and five are as issued in the publisher’s printed wrappers. - A good run of catalogues issued by Wilfred Michael Voynich (1865-1930), lacking just four in the series (17, 30, 33-34). Voynich’s “Short catalogues” (the term “short” was dropped for nos. 22-34) continued a series of nine, consecutively-paginated “Lists” which he issued between 1898 and 1902. Rare: “The British Library has a run of the nine Lists, and patchy holdings between catalogues 15 and 34” (David Pearson, Provenance research in book history: a handbook, London 1994, p.169). Cf. Arnold Hunt, “Foreign dealers in the English trade” in Out of print & into profit: a history of the rare and secondhand book trade inBritain in the Twentieth century (London 2006), esp. pp.247-253. ¶ Paper of several catalogues heavily browned. Bindings worn, but sound.
(25.5 cm), iv, 198 (2) pp., 25 colour plates (for lots 3, 64, 109, 117, 118, 134, 451, 474, 522, 524, 554, 560, 648, 651, 667, 695, 712, 734, 742, 756, 772, 787, 880, 958, 1002). 1031 lots. Contemporary linen-backed boards (original printed yellow wrappers bound in). - The magnificent Amherst Library of Didlington Hall – seventeen Caxtons, a Gutenberg Bible, the 1460 Catholicon, two Grolier bindings, etc. – had been consigned to Quaritch in September 1906 for sale en bloc, and a few months later a “Hand-list” of the books by Seymour de Ricci was circulated. When after a year no buyer emerged, Lord Amherst placed his collections in the hands of Sotheby’s. On the eve of the first session, the group of Caxtons was sold by Sotheby’s to J. Pierpont Morgan. The sales of 1908-1909 realised £32,592 (not including the Caxtons, reputedly sold for £25,000). Subsequent sales were held on 12 December 1911 (159 lots), 17 January 1921 (lots 529-657), and 14 November 1921 (1730 lots). ¶ Priced in pencil with buyers’ names (first and second days only).
Twenty-nine volumes (20.5 cm), as issued, in publisher’s printed wrappers. - Percy Mordaunt Barnard (1868-1941), commenced his bookselling career in Saffron Walden, but by 1907 had moved to Royal Tunbridge Wells, where he remained for the rest of his career. He sold the Vernon Dante Collection to the John Rylands Library, in March 1914; a collection of deeds concerning the Kemeys family had been sold to the National Library of Wales a year earlier. In 1928, he was elected President of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. Unlike most booksellers’ catalogues of the period, Barnard provides thorough descriptions of bindings and often provenance details. Sotheby’s sold “a selected portion of the valuable stock of Mr. P.M. Barnard (of Tunbridge Wells, who is retiring from business as a general bookseller)” on 7 May 1934. ¶ Some wrappers worn across the back; staples rusted.
Two works in one volume (25 cm), I (Gelli sale, 18 March 1912): (4) 76 pp., text illustrations. Lots numbered 1-378. II (Garcia Donnell sale, 14-18 June 1926): 214 (4) pp. Lots numbered 1-953. Morocco-backed boards, a collector’s binding (original wrappers bound in). - Rare auction sale catalogue of the collection of books on fencing and duelling assembled by Jacopo Gelli (1858-1935), author of Bibliografia generale della scherma (Florence 1890; second edition Milan 1895).
Bound with the sale catalogue of the collection assembled by the Cuban collector J.R. Garcia Donnell, a resident of Buenos Aires, founded on the library of Pedro Vindel (1865-1921). ¶ Paper of both catalogues becoming brittle, but at present in excellent state of preservation
(25 cm), viii, 190 pp., 20 plates. Lots 1-614 (books), 1-68 (prints and drawings). “Liste des prix d’adjudication” bound in. Morocco-backed boards, a collector’s binding (original wrappers bound in). - This remarkable collection had been sold privately in 1911 to J.P. Morgan (1837-1913), for 750,000 FF; upon its arrival in New York, however, it was judged by his son, John Pierpont “Jack” Morgan, Jr., and by his librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, to be unsatisfactory. The collection was returned to Paris to be sold as the Foulc collection, not in any way as part of Morgan’s library. The prices realised were exceptional, and mark the apogee for books of ornament: ever since, this type of book has languished on the market. The sculpture and other works of art collected by Foulc – some 200 objects, “the most outstanding group of works of the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance anywhere available today” – was bought en bloc for more than one million dollars by the Pennsylvania (now Philadelphia) Museum of Art (quotation from Fiske Kimball, “The Edmond Foulc Collection” in Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum, volume 25, February 1930, pp.4-11). ¶ Superb copy.
(25 cm), iv, 72 pp.,  leaves of plates (3 folded). 211 lots. Publisher’s yellow printed wrappers. - These books and manuscripts had been collected by the eighth Earl of Pembroke (1655-1733), and were catalogued by Thomas Dampier, Bishop of Ely, in 1776. Nearly every one of the 211 lots is of great rarity and interest. The block book “Apocalypsis Sanctis Johannis” sold for £2120 to Quaritch (for Charles Fairfax Murray; now Pierpont Morgan Library, 21786); the 1459 Rationale divinorum officiorum sold for £1950 (Olschki); the 1486 “Boke of Seynt Albans” realised £1800 (G.D. Smith); a 15th century manuscript of Ptolemy’s Geographia made £1850 (Hiersemann); and the 1472 Jenson Macrobius on vellum sold for £1600 (Quaritch). The sale total was £38,938. A very large number of books – 55 of the 105 lots offered on the first day, alone – was bought the New York bookseller George D. Smith (1870-1920). Smith subsequently sold his Pembroke Library purchases en bloc to Henry E. Huntington, for $115,000. Cf. Donald C. Dickinson, “Mr. Huntington and Mr. Smith” in The Book Collector, volume 37 (1988), pp.367-393. ¶ Unmarked copy.
(23 cm), xv, 523 (1) pp. Publisher’s burgundy buckram, top edge gilt. - Chronological list of 8,000 catalogues, with a full index of owners, compiled successively by Harold Mattingly, I.A.K. Burnett, and A.W. Pollard. ¶ Spine sunned. Occasional marginalia in pencil (indicating sale catalogues offered in Sotheby’s sale, 19 December 1977, lots 183-190).
(25.5 cm), 96 pp., colour frontispiece,  plates (1 folding). 526 lots. Publisher’s printed yellow wrappers. - A portion of a celebrated library assembled for the most part by the Dante scholar, George Venables-Vernon, 5th Baron (1803-1866). The most valuable was lot 69, a complete copy of the block-book Biblia Pauperum (belonging to Schreiber’s Group IV, No. 10), which made £440 (now Victoria & Albert Museum, E.720-1918). A 15th-century illuminated manuscript of Boccaccio’s “Fiammetta” and the “Epistolae Heroides” (lot 79), formerly in the Heber and Utterson collections, sold for £154 (subsequently in the Cortlandt Bishop collection, his sale in 1938 lot 288; cf. Vittore Branca, Tradizione delle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. II, Un secondo elenco di manoscritti e studi sul testo del “Decameron” con due appendici, Rome 1991, pp.30-31, as possibly the manuscript re-sold in Paris, 18 March 1981, lot 24). Early-printed books included the 1516 Ferrara Orlando Furioso (£118; returned to the market in an auction conducted by Libreria antiquaria Hoepli, 7-9 April 1927) and the 1477 Monte Sancto di Dio with engravings after designs attributed to Botticelli (£100). ¶ Unmarked copy. Corner of frontispiece torn away.
(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.
(24 cm), pp.345-468 (continues pagination of Heft 1), plates 76-145 (1 in colour, several folding). Items 707-1146; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Catalogue of German (item nos. 707-931), English (nos. 933-955), French (956-1085), Italian (1086-1125), other European (and non-Western) bookbindings (1126-1142), reference books (143-1146). Includes Adolf Schmidt, “Zwei Frankfurter Buchbinder zu Ende des sechzehnten Jahrhunderts”, describing the bindings of Thomas Drechsler (Drexel) and Velten Fischer (plates 76-77). ¶ Paper worn across spine; otherwise a well-preserved copy.
Milan (latterly Florence), R. Lier & Co. (latterly R.A.T. Lier), 1923-1954
Twenty-seven catalogues and ephemera (various formats). - A fine series of Reinhard Lier’s very rare catalogues, comprising the complete set of Early Medical Books (Parts I-X and New Series I-II, bound in two volumes by Esther Potter, quarter-cloth), catalogues of Old Science and Medicine (6 catalogues), Bulletins (5 catalogues), Lists, and some publications hors série. ¶ Unmarked copies, mostly in very good condition.
London, E.P. Goldschmidt & Company Limited, 1923-1992
Comprehensive collection of the Catalogues, Supplements, Lists, and Book Fair Lists, issued by E.P. Goldschmidt & Company Ltd, 1923-1992. Included are an unbroken run of the firm’s Catalogues (numbered series, 1-172), a complete set of Supplements (numbered series, 1-18), a substantial numbers of Lists (21, of 33 issued), and Book Fair Lists (1975-1992). Our collection is as comprehensive as the firm’s own reference sets, the first sold by Christie’s, The Stock and reference library of E.P. Goldschmidt and Co. Ltd, 8-9 July 1993, lot 437, £3850 (Catalogues 1-155 only, with 61 and 82 in photocopy; and 16 Lists only); the second by Christie’s South Kensington, 31 January 1997, lot 124, £6200 (Catalogues 1-171, the final catalogue 172 absent; and 26 Lists only). Our collection is superior to one offered by Christie’s, London, 12 November 2008, lot 137, £3000 (Catalogues 1-168 only, with 2, 4, 62 in facsimile; 9 Lists only). A set offered in 1994 by Paul Breman (Catalogue 164, item 29, £2650), heralded as “probably the largest set of Goldschmidt catalogues ever offered for sale”, lacked fourteen Catalogues and fifteen Lists; another, offered by Jonathan Hill (Catalogue 87, 1995, item 340, $4000), lacked 14 Catalogues, 4 Supplements, and numerous Lists. The series of numbered catalogues is attractively bound in 19 volumes, half-morocco (except for last five catalogues, still in original wrappers); the Supplements, Lists, Stock Lists, and Book Fair Lists are as issued, housed in two matching half-morocco boxes. ¶ Very attractive set.