BUCKINGHAM, Richard Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos Grenville, First Duke of (1776-1839) -- Catalogue of the Library removed from Stowe House, Buckinghamshire. London: Sotheby's, 8 January 1849.
8o (218 x 142 mm). 19th-century half calf, marbled paper boards, t.e.g. (front cover detached). Provenance: S.V. Dashwood, a buyer at the sale (signed armorial bookplate); from the collection of W. Armytye.
Sale catalogue of the library at Stowe, formed by the first Duke of Buckingham who in 1834, owing to his vast expenditures on books and manuscripts, was forced to sell his furniture, pictures, and articles of virtû. On his death the library passed to his only son, Richard, the second Duke (1791-1861). "The habits of the son were not less extravagant than those of the father, and in 1847 the effects at Stowe and his other residences were seized by bailiffs, and in August and September 1848 the pictures, furniture, china, plate, etc., were sold by auction, realizing over £75,000" (Fletcher). The sale of the library realized £10,355.7.16 and included a blockbook Apocalypse (£91); Le Fevre's Recuyles of the Hystoryes of Troye, 1503; a complete set of De Bry's Great and Small Voyages (£81); De Bry's Relation of Virginia 1590 (£60), the first four Shakespeare Folios (£76, £11.5.0, £35, £4.6.0); Prynne's Records, 1665-1670 (£140); a virtually complete set of the original impressions of Piranesi (£133), &c. PRICED in a contemporary hand, ruled in red. De Ricci, pp. 131 note. Not in Blogie.