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BROOKE, Sir Thomas (1830-1908) -- A Catalogue of the Manuscripts and Printed Books collected by Thomas Brooke, F.S.A. and preserved at Armitage Bridge House, near Huddersfield. London: Chiswick Press for Ellis and Elvey, 1891.
2 volumes, 8o (245 x 156 mm). Frontispiece portrait, title-vignette on India paper. (Some minor spotting to endpages.) Original decorated cream boards, t.e.g., others uncut (some minor soiling and darkening). Provenance: Gilbert Ifold Ellis (bookplate); J.R. Abbey (bookplate).
One of 106 privately printed copies on handmade paper. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Brooke on the front flyleaf of vol. I: "To G.I. Ellis Esq. with many thanks for his labour in the preparation of these volumes, from Th. Brooke." Ellis was the proprietor of the bookseller Ellis & Elvy, who was Brooke's principal book dealer. Brooke is best remembered for his purchase of the 164 volumes of the Pillone Library with their fore-edges and bindings decorated by Cesare Vicellio. (2)
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