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HIBBERT, George (1757-1837) -- A Catalogue of the Library of George Hibbert, Esq. of Portland Place. London, R.H. Evans, 16 March 1829.
8o (228 x 140 mm). Engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved facsimiles (3 folding). Original printed boards, uncut (neatly rebacked).
PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand, ruled in red. "George Hibbert, was a wealty West India merchant, who resided at Clapham and sold his books on retiring into the country. They brought over £ 23,000 and included Gutenberg's Bible on paper (now at New York), the 1459 Psalter on vellum (now at The Hague) and the Complutensian polyglot, also on vellum (now at Chantilly)" (De Ricci). It also included, Luther's own copy of his translation of the Bible, the 1541 edition. The library was rich in books printed on vellum, blockbooks and incunabula. Hibbert also owned a number of fine manuscripts. Hibbert was the "Honorio" of Dibdin's Bibliographical Decameron; he had been a major buyer at the MacCarthy sale. De Ricci p. 100.
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