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[HEARNE, Thomas (1878-1737)]. Reliquiae Bodleianae; or, Some genuine remains of Sir Thomas Bodley. Containing his life, the first draught of the statutes of the publick library at Oxford (in English) and a collection of letters. London: John Hartley, 1703.
8° (193 x 117mm). Title within typographical rules. (B3 and C3 heavily spotted, B7r soiled.) Contemporary mottled calf, double gilt fillet border, strawberry roll centre panel with floral corner-pieces, gilt spine compartments with red morocco lettering-piece, red speckled edges (joints rubbed and slightly cracked, spine a little chipped, a few light scuff marks, corners rubbed). Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY to John Bagford (1650-1716, recto of front free endpaper inscribed 'For my very Worthy Friend Mr. John Bagford. Tho: Hearne, Jan 24 1714/15'); Lyonel Tollemache; 'LJHD Febry 1748-9' (further inscriptions on verso of front endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO A FELLOW BIBLIOPHILE. John Bagford, London shoemaker and 'biblioclast,' is remembered for the collection of broadsides known as the 'Bagford Ballads,' now in the British Library. He was also responsible for an enormous collection of title-pages and other fragments in 64 volumes folio. The many rare volumes he mutilated to build this collection led Dibdin to call him 'the most hungry and rapacious of all book and print collectors.' However, according to Hearne himself, Bagford's knowledge of paper and bindings was exceptional (see DNB I, p. 868).
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