AMHERST OF HACKNEY (1835-1909) -- Catalogue of the Magnificent Library of Choice and Valuable Books and Manuscripts. London: Sotheby's, 3 December 1908 and 24 March 1909.
Large 8o (249 x 178 mm). 25 embossed color photogravure plates of early bindings. Contemporary green half morocco, original wrappers bound in, t.e.g. Provenance: Capt. R.B. Hasleden (signatures on wrappers, some prices recorded, binding).
The first Baron Amherst of Hackney was one of the great book collectors of his age. "His series of seventeen Caxtons was one of the two or three finest in private hands. His early-printed books illustrated the dawn of typography in practically every European country" (De Ricci). The Caxtons were sold before the sale for about £30,000 to J. Pierpont Morgan. The other books in the sale which was divided into two parts, one taking place in December, 1908, the other in March, 1909, realized £32,592. The catalogue is distinguished by the numerous reproductions of outstanding bookbindings, including those executed for Grolier, Maioli (Hobson 1), Henry VII, Edward VI (later in M. Breslauer, Catalogue 110, 1993, No. 36), Elizabeth I, James I, Henri II and Diane de Poitiers, and others.
[Bound with:] LOCKER-LAMPSON, Frederick -- The Property of a Gentleman, including many volumes from the Rowfant Library. London: Sotheby's, 4 March 1920. Lots 245-296 in a miscellaneous sale: Catalogue of Valuable Printed Books and Important Illuminated and other Manuscripts. PRICED, ruled in red and with buyer's names in a contemporary hand.
[Bound with:] PITTAR, P.M. (and other properties) -- Catalogue of Illuminated & other Manuscripts. London: Sotheby's, 17 December 1919. PARTIALLY PRICED by Hasleden.
[Bound with:] NEWDIGATE-NEWDEGATE, Sir Francis -- Catalogue of Rare & Valueable Books selected from the Ancient and Celebrated Library at Arbury Hall. London: Sotheby's, 2 January 1920. Purchased before the sale by G.D. Smith, "from whom the choicest items passed to H.E. Huntington" (De Ricci, pp.188-9).
[Bound with:] Catalogue of a Collection of Rare and Valuable Books and Tracts the Property of a Gentleman. London: Sotheby's 31 July 1917.