22 - 23 March 2005
DALY, Denis (1747-1791) -- A Catalogue of the Library of the Late Right Honourable Denis Daly. Which will be sold by Auction...by James Vallance. Dublin: Printed for the Proprietors, John Archer & William Jones, 1 May 1792.
8o (211 x 128 mm). Engraved frontispiece facsimile of a page of the Bible "Zel, Cologne, c. 1458" (i.e. Cologne, Conr. Winters, c. 1475). Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: John Boyd Thatcher (armorial bookplate); Library of Congress (tiny perforated initials on title).
The small but choice library of the Irish politician and member of the Irish Parliament, which contained two Caxtons: Gower, Confessio Amantis, and Chaucer, The Book of Fame (£15.7.0 & £12.10.3), Wynkyn de Worde's edition of Higden's Polychronicon (£18.5.4.), other important incunabula; his First Folio of Shakespeare brought £30.14.3. This appears to have been the first important book sale held in Dublin. PRICED in a contemporary hand, ruled in red. Munby & Coral, p. 92.
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