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Gemmett, Robert J. (ed)

Sale Catalogues of libraries of eminent persons … volume 3. Poets and men of letters. Edited, with introductions, by Robert J.Gemmett.

London, Mansell with Sotheby Parke-Bernet Publications (1972).

Reference: 13317

Full Description

4to. vii + (1) + 465 + (5)pp. Publisher’s cloth. From Wiltshire County Library, with their neat circular library stamp, withdrawn stamp and stock number on title leaf, but no other library markings.

This provides in facsimile reprint, with brief explanatory editorial notes, the successive sale catalogues of books from William Beckford’s library sold at auction in 1804, 1808, 1817 and 1823 (the 1823 sale being the celebrated one of the Fonthill library). Strangely, although the book is entirely devoted to these Beckford sales, and is indispensable for Beckford specialists, Beckford’s name is not mentioned at all on the title leaf of the present copy (was this corrected in another issue of this publication ?). Millington p.208.