22 - 23 March 2005
HOLFORD, George (1860-1926) -- The Holford Library. Part I[-IV]. London: Sotheby and Co., 12 July 1927-4 June 1928.
Four parts in one volume, 8o (245 x 184 mm). Printed prices and buyers' names for part III. Plates, some folding, some in color. Modern crimson half morocco, original wrappers bound in, t.e.g.
The nucleus of the Holford Library, formed by Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892), was the collection purchased from Lord Vernon circa 1840. "It may be said that the Holford library was an exact replica of the Bibliotheca Grenvilliana. We find in it the same beautifully-bound incunabula on vellum and editiones principes of the classics, the same Aldines, the same fine Shakespeare Folios (and Quartos), the same choice books on America, the same beautiful old French bindings, not to speak of the admirable illuminated manuscripts. The library remained intact (and practically unexplored) for many years. Shortly before his death Sir George Holford, Robert Holford's son, sold privately about a hundred of his finest books to the Rosenbach Company, of Philadelphia and New York... The rest of the collection was sold at Sotheby's at extremely high prices" (De Ricci, pp. 115-116). Among the extraordinary books Rosenbach purchased was the copy of Isaac Walton's Compleat Angler, later in the collection of Abel E. Berland, sold Christie's New York, 8 October 2001.
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