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DRURY, Rev. Henry Joseph Thomas (1778-1841) -- A Catalogue of the Extensive and Valuable Library of the Rev. Henry Drury, M.A., late Fellow of King's College, Cambridge... An extraordinary Collection of Classical and Theological MSS. Best Editions of the Classics. Productions of the Aldine Press... London: Evans, 19 February 1827.
8o (212 x 134 mm). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards (rebacked). Provenance: J.A. Lloyd (1827); H.R. Luard (signature dated 1882); Bibliotheca Lindesiana (bookplate); J.R. Abbey (bookplate); Harrison D. Horblit (sale Christies's East, New York, 16 February 1994, lot 267).
PRESENTATION COPY, one of 35 copies "printed on writing paper" for presentation, this copy inscribed to J.A. Lloyd Esq. on presentation slip. PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand with sale totals, ruled in red; the last 9 lots added in manuscript. Sir Thomas Phillips tried to buy the collection privately but failed. He bought 69 manuscripts at the sale. Drury was Master of the Lower School at Harrow, and appears as "Menalcas" in Dibdin's Bibliographical Decameron.
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