[SPENCER, GEORGE, fifth Duke of Marlborough]. White Knights Library. Catalogue of That Distinguished and Celebrated Library...which will be sold by Auction, by Mr. Evans...on Monday, June 7...1819. [London], 1819. 2 parts in one volume, 8vo, contemporary red straight-grained morocco, spine in five compartments with four raised bands, gilt-lettered in one compartment, a repeated gilt panel in the rest, each cover with a gilt-ruled geometric pattern; g.e. PRICED in a contemporary hand, and sale total at end.

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[SPENCER, GEORGE, fifth Duke of Marlborough]. White Knights Library. Catalogue of That Distinguished and Celebrated Library...which will be sold by Auction, by Mr. Evans...on Monday, June 7...1819. [London], 1819. 2 parts in one volume, 8vo, contemporary red straight-grained morocco, spine in five compartments with four raised bands, gilt-lettered in one compartment, a repeated gilt panel in the rest, each cover with a gilt-ruled geometric pattern; g.e. PRICED in a contemporary hand, and sale total at end.
Provenance
Armorial bookplate of Baron Northwick.

Lot Essay

"George Spencer, fifth Duke of Marlborough (1766-1840), better known to book collectors as the Marquess of Blandford, spent enormous sums of money on his library at White Knights, near Reading...In 1819, he was compelled by circumstances to part with his library (7 and 22 June 1819). Although the sale was brilliantly attended and such great collectors as Spencer, Heber and Grenville bought liberally, the result was disappointing. The 'Valdarfer Boccaccio' which Blandford had bought against Lord Spencer for #2260 in the Roxburghe sale, now brought only #918.15s. and the buyer was Lord Spencer, who had lost nothing by waiting seven years."--De Ricci, pp. 77-78.
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