CRAWFORD, William Horatio -- The Lakelands Library. Catalogue of the Rare & Valuable Books, Manuscripts & Engravings of the late W.H. Crawford. London: Sotheby's, 12 March 1891.
8 (248 x 154 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco, t.e.g., by Roger de Coverly (some wear to joints). Provenance: Sir Thomas Brooke (bookplate); A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate).
Catalogue of "The sale of the great library of manuscripts, incunabula and other rare volumes, formed from 1870 onwards by...Crawford of Lakelands, County Cork" (De Ricci); it realized £21,255.19.6. Among its treasures were the Complutensian Bible, the "Valdarfer Boccaccio" (bought by Sotheran for the B.M. for £230), Caxton's Mirrour of the World (£160), the Dante of 1481, some early Shakespeare quartos and folios, illuminated manuscripts, five lots of altogether 313 minatures on vellum, incunables printed by Gutenberg (Matthias de Cracovia, £15 to Quaritch), Mentelin, Sweynheim & Pannartz, Aldus, etc. The catalogue is unique of its kind in that it frequently mentions prices of other copies realized in other sales and those realized for the same copies in earlier sales. PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES, ruled in red. De Ricci, p. 165.