GRAY, Francis, Fourteenth Baron (1765-1842) -- David MORISON (1792-1855). The Gray Library. Kinfauns Castle: Kinfauns Press, 1828.
2o (378 x 262 mm). Letterpress text printed on rectos within red lithographed historiated borders on rectos and versos. Contemporary black morocco, sides with wide floriated border in blind, spine gilt-panelled and -lettered, edges gilt (some minor wear).
Provenance: Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843, presentation inscription from Gray on separate sheet pasted within first lithographed border; his sale, part V, London, 1845, lot 2929); Edward Herbert, Earl of Powis (bookplate).
PRESENTATION COPY OF THIS RARE PRIVATE CATALOGUE, INSCRIBED BY THE COLLECTOR TO THE DUKE OF SUSSEX: "To the most Illustrious Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, This Illuminated Catalogue of the Library belonging to Lord Gray at Kinfauns Castle is humbly presented, as a Specimen of Lithography executed by a young man, at Perth, in Scotland, by this ? at Highness's most Obedient and very humble Servant Gray." The Duke of Sussex formed an important and extensive collection of Bibles, manuscripts and early printed books with the assistance of bibliographer Thomas J. Pettigrew. The six sales of his collection by Evans produced only a fraction of his cost, because they took place in a depressed market (de Ricci, p.118). SCARCE: only the copy at Yale is listed in RLIN.