22 - 23 March 2005
BUTLER, Samuel (1774-1839) -- Bibliotheca Butleriana. A Catalogue of the Library of the late Right Rev. Butler, D.D., Lord Bishop of Lichfield. Part the First and Second: Aldine Collection. London: Christie's, 23 March and 1 June 1840. Reprinted: London, (W. Nicol for) Payne & Foss, 1841. - [Bound with]: Bibliotheca Butleriana... Part the Third. Early Printed Books purchased by Messrs. Payne and Foss. Manuscripts and Autographs purchased by the Nation for the British Museum. London: W. Nicol for Payne & Foss, 1841.
3 parts in one volume. 8o (235 x 144 mm). Original Roxburghe binding of quarter red morocco and boards (some rubbing). Provenance: "A.L.S." (long note on blank leaf of a member of the Leigh Sotheby's family); Ernest Goldschmidt (bookplate).
LIMITED EDITION, one of 40 copies "for presents" printed on "fine paper" for a small group of Payne and Foss clients, of the Christie and Manson auction catalogue and of the third part including the early printed books purchased by Payne and Foss and the Manuscripts and Autographs, purchased by the nation for the British Museum. Samuel Butler formed "a collection of some 300 fine manuscripts and succeeded in building up a nearly perfect set of Aldines, largely based on the famous Renouard collection... His remarkable library was dispersed after his death" (De Ricci). A note on the blank leaf preceding part III, dated 1855 at Woodlands (S. Leigh Sotheby's country house) and signed "A.L.S." recalls the sale en bloc sale of part III to be "one of the most profitable bargains that they ever met with. I have always entertained the highest respect and liberality of feeling towards our friends, Mess. Christie & Mansion [sic], though I do maintain their connection and mode of conducting Book Sales is never advantageous to such Property when entrusted to their care, even under the auspices & management of the great Leviathan Payne & Foss." De Ricci, pp. 114-115.
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