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ASHBURNHAM, Bertram, Fourth Earl of (1797-1878) -- The Ashburnham Library. Catalogue of the Famous Collection of Manuscripts...Known as the Barrois Collection. London: printed by the Dryden Press for Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 10 June 1901.
4o (245 x 185 mm). Numerous illustrations in text. Contemporary red half morocco, marbled boards, t.e.g. (upper cover slightly bowed, rubbed, small repair in outer margin of lower cover). Provenance: A.N.L. Munby (bookplate); A.J.V. Radford (embossed stamp on front blank).
Sale catalogue of Ashburnham's famous Barrois collection of manuscripts, which he bought from Joseph Barrois in 1849. The collection was comprised of literary, historical, and theological manuscripts, many of which were illuminated, and included the writings of Dante and Petrarch, early manuscripts of the Gospels, and letters and papers relating to Mary Queen of Scots. Several of the manuscripts, though, turned out to have been stolen from French libraries in 1840, and were returned, after negotiations with Ashburnham, to France in 1888. De Ricci.
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