GOSSETT, Isaac (1735-1812) -- A Catalogue of the extensive and very valuable Library of the late Rev. Is. Gossett, D.D., F.R.S. London: Leigh and Sotheby, 7 June 1813.
8o (202 x 138 mm). Added engraved frontispiece portrait of Gosset by J. Springsguth. Broadside "The Tears of the Booksellers," 6 six-line stanzas, Printed by Nichols, Son and Bentley mounted on front flyleaf. Contemporary half calf, uncut (joints split). Provenance: Devon & Exeter Institution (inkstamp on flyleaves, manuscript inscription: "1820. Presented by Mr. Savile"
PRICED, ruled in red, and with some buyers' names, including Dibdin, Heber and Payne, in contemporary manuscript. The hunchback Gossett was a passionate book collector whose library, consisting of about 12,000 volumes, sold in 5,740 lots which realized a little over £2,000. "At the London auction rooms his deformity subjected him to the coarse jibes of his opponent, Michael Lort" (DNB), librarian to the Duke of Devonshire and the Archbishop of Canterbury whom Gossett, however, outlived by many years. He befriended Richard Heber whom he regarded as his pupil. He helped Dibdin with the second edition of his Introduction to the Classics (1804). DNB attributes the broadside "The Tears of the Booksellers" to Stephen Weston, published in Gentleman's Magazine, 1813 (the broadside is not recorded in the B.L. Gen. Cat).