[Stock catalogues, numbered series:] 1-33
London, Ernst Weil, 1943-1965
Three volumes (22 cm), bound in recent quarter-morocco (a collector’s binding). - Complete set of Weil’s catalogues in rare original editions and excellent state of preservation (publisher’s wrappers bound in). Born at Ulm in 1891, Ernst Weil was influenced by his cousin, the bookseller Heinrich Eisemann (c. 1889-1972), to collect and eventually to sell early printed books. In 1924, he founded with Hans Taeuber the firm of Taeuber & Weil in Munich; in 1933 he moved his family to London, where he entered into partnership with E.P. Goldschmidt; and in 1943 he commenced bookselling under his own name. Weil died suddenly on 7 March 1965, aged 74. Although modestly produced, his catalogues contain much research and original observation, particularly on hitherto ignored medical and scientific books. Only one comparable series of Weil’s catalogues (28 only, bound in two volumes) has been seen on the market in recent years, offered in the sale of the E.P. Goldschmidt & Co. Ltd reference library (Christie’s, 8-9 July 1993, lot 645, £528). ¶ Fine set.