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CHANDOS, James Brydges, First Duke of (1673-1744) -- A Catalogue of the Large and Valuable Library of the most Noble and Learned James Duke of Chandos, lately deceas'd: consisting of the greatest Variety of Books in all Branches of Polite Literature. London: Christopher Cock, 12 March 1747.
8o (188 x 114 mm). (Some catchwords and signatures shaved.) 19th-century half vellum (rubbed).
PRICED in a contemporary hand and ruled in red. Sale catalogue, of the library of the first Duke of Chandos, who built a splendid house at Canons, where Handel lived for two years, composing twenty anthems for the Duke's choir, and his first English oratorio, "Esther." In Pope's "Epistle to Lord Burlington," 1731, the following lines (131-138) refer to Chandos' library: "His Study? With what Authors is it stor'd? In Books not Authors, Curious is my Lord; To all their dated Backs he turns you round These Aldus printed, those Du Sukil has bound Lo some are vellum, and the rest as good For all his Lordship knows, but they are wood, For Locke or Milton 'tis in vain to look, These shelves admit not any modern book." The sale included several hundred English manuscipts of historical and topographical interest. Christopher Cock operated at the Great Piazza, Covent Garden from 1720 to 1753; he and his wife were portrayed by Hogarth. Affixed to the second flyleaf is the signature of Chandos cut from a vellum document. Loosely inserted the engraved arms of Chandos.
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