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BORROMEO, Conte Antonio-Maria (1724-1813) -- Catalogue of the Celebrated Library of the late Count Borromeo, of Padua. Containing the most rare and curious Assemblage of Italian Novels of the XV. and XVI century, both printed and manuscript, which has ever been submitted to public sale. London: R.H. Evans, 7 February 1817.
8o (224 x 138 mm). (A few prices cropped.) One engraved plate of facsimiles. Contemporary marbled boards (rebacked). Provenance: Cambridge, Trinity College (bookplate, withdrawn stamp); A.N.L. Munby (bookplate).
PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES, in a contemporary hand, ruled in red. After Borromeo's death, his library was purchased en bloc by Payne and Foss, who sold it by auction through Evans. The catalogue is in Italian throughout, the only English sale catalogue in that language. It contained the true first edition of the Decameron (GW 4440), bought by Lord Spencer for £121.6.0, now in the John Rylands Library.
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