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CRAIG, James Thomson Gibson (1799-1886) -- The Gibson Craig Library. Catalogue of the Valuable and very extensive Library of the late James T. Gibson Craig, Esq. (removed from Edinburgh). London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 27 June 1887-15 November 1888.

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CRAIG, James Thomson Gibson (1799-1886) -- The Gibson Craig Library. Catalogue of the Valuable and very extensive Library of the late James T. Gibson Craig, Esq. (removed from Edinburgh). London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 27 June 1887-15 November 1888.

Three parts in one, large 4o (340 x 243 mm). 31 chromolithographed plates of bindings. Printed lists of prices and buyers' names. Contemporary red half levant morocco, t.e.g., others uncut, by Zaehnsdorf (some light rubbing). Provenance: A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate, TLS from Heinrich Eismann laid-in).

LIMITED EDITION, one of 100 large-paper copies, certainly one of the largest large-paper sale catalogues ever produced. Gibson Craig was a notable Scottish antiquary and one of the original members of the Bannatyne Club, who during his long life befriended Sir Walter Scott, Sir Henry Raeburn, Macauley, David Laing, and others. His library, 9,404 lots, realized £15,509.4.6, a considerable sum at the time. The 31 chromolithographed plates reproduce bindings by and for Grolier, Henri II and Diane de Poitiers, Mary Queen of Scots, her husband the Earl of Bothwell, Duodo, De Thou, Longepierre, Hoym, Mme de Pompadour, Charles II of Spain, and others. Blogie III, col. 46.
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