London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
PIETRO LEOPOLDO I, Grand Duke of Tuscany – Catalogue des livres du cabinet particulier de LL. AA. RR. [i.e. Leurs Altesses Royales.] Florence: Imprimerie Granducale, 1771. 8° (186 x 117mm). With a leaf of addenda bound-in at end. Engraved frontispiece, title vignette, head- and tail-pieces, and historiated initials. Part ruled in red, many illustrations within a manuscript red double-rule border, manuscript correction in P3. (Occasional light spotting.) Contemporary red morocco, edges gilt, blue endpapers (rebacked and with morocco label in English supplied, endpapers with short wormtracks). Provenance: remnant of Italian bookseller’s label – John Roland Abbey (1894-1969; bookplate, inventory number 6827, dated 26 June 1957).
FIRST EDITION. THE ABBEY COPY. RARE: ABPC and RBH record no copy at auction. WorldCat records just three copies: in the Newberry, Houghton and Grolier Club libraries. Pietro Leopoldo was later Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.
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