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BRAND, John (1744-1806) -- Bibliotheca Brandiana. A Catalogue of the Unique, Scarce, Rare, Curious and Numerous Collection of Works ... being the entire Library of the late Rev. John Brand. London: William Stewart, 6 May 1807.
8o (255 x 172 mm). Original drab boards, uncut (spine defective). Provenance: Harrison D. Horblit (sale Christie's East, New York, 16 Feb. 1994, lot 252).
PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand, ruled in red. John Brand secretary to the Society of Antiquaries, was author of Observations on Popular Antiquities. He amassed an enormous library which included books printed by Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde and Pynson, although "he hardly even spent more than a few pence for his purchases" (De Ricci). Laid in is an engraved portrait of Brand dated 1806. De Ricci, pp. 69-70; Fletcher, pp. 275-276.
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