ANGLESEY, Arthur Annesley, First Earl of the second creation (1614-1686) -- Thomas PHILLIPPS. Bibliotheca Anglesiana, sive catalogus variorum librorum... London: Thomas Philipps, 1686.
4o (244 x 188 mm). (Title slightly soiled, final leaf darkened.) Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, green morocco lettering piece on spine (joints weak, minor wear). Provenance: Viscount Bruce (armorial bookplate dated 1712).
"The most important, as well as one of the most extensive private libraries sold by auction in the seventeenth century... The catalouge seems to have been compiled, and written, and probably the sale undertaken, by Thomas Phillipps" (Lawler). Anglesey is "noted as perhaps the first peer who devoted time and money to the formation of a great library" (DNB). Anglesey was a politician who successfully navigated the dangerous shoals of British history between 1645 and his death, playing an important role in Anglo-Irish politics. As Treasurer of the Navy, he was a superior to Pepys. Munby & Coral, p. 6; Wing A-3166.
SCARBURGH, Sir Charles (1616-1694) -- Bibliotheca Mathematica & Medica Scarbughiana; or, the Mathematical and Physical Parts of the Famous Library of Sir Charles Scarburgh, Kn., M.D....All curiously bound. London: Christopher Bateman, 18 February .
4o (238 x 176 mm). Uncut. (Somewhat darkened and soiled.)
Sale catalgoue of the outstanding English mathematician and physician of his day. He succeded his friend William Harvey as Lumleian lecturer, and was physician to Charles II, James II, Queen Mary, and Prince George of Denmark. His general library was sold at fixed prices, the scientific books were offered at auction. Lawler, p. 183; Munby & Coral, p. 15; Wing S-819.