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(Ham House)

Catalogue of the renowned library removed from Ham House, Surrey. The first portion ; The second and final portion.

London, Sotheby & Co. 1938.

Reference: 6008
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4to. 2 parts in 1. (10)+69+(1)pp, colour photo frontis, 24 photo plates, 3 of which folding ; (6)+pp72-123+(1)pp, colour photo frontis, 18 photo plates, 2 of which folding. Publisher’s gilt stamped cloth, leather label on spine, original printed wrappers bound in. Book label of Howard Lehman Goodhart, and various pencil annotations in his hand.

Auction catalogues for the sale of the library of Ham House, the residence of the Tollemache family (the Earls of Dysart). The library contained an older core inherited from John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, a powerful figure at the court of Charles II, but its principal treasures were acquired by the 4th Earl of Dysart in the middle of the eighteenth century, largely from the dispersal of the Harleian and Loménie de Brienne libraries. The sale included twelve Caxtons, a fine copy of the first edition of the Chroniques de St. Denis, and a Shakespeare third folio wrongly supposed by the cataloguer to have belonged to Samuel Pepys.