22 - 23 March 2005
INGLIS, John Bellingham (1780-1870) -- Catalogue of the Singularly Curious and Valuable Selection from the Library of a Gentleman, including Three Extraordinary Specimens of Block Printing, Books printed in the Fifteenth Century; Books printed on vellum; Fine Copies of Works from the Presses of Caxton, Machlinia, Wynkyn de Worde...Verard... An extensive Collection of Old English Poetry. London: Sotheby's, 9 June 1826.
8o (255 x 162 mm). Contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, uncut (front joint split, some rubbing).
LARGE-PAPER COPY, PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand. A remarkable collection of "a very eccentric collector, the 1,665 lots of which realized £3,333.9.6. The most expensive book of the sale was Caxton's Reynart the Foxe, 1481 (£184.16), followed by the blockbook Speculum (£95.11.0). His books may be recognized by "a peculiar mania of Inglis, who loved to cut out tiny engravings, coats-of-arms, monograms, etc., and paste them on the first or last leaves of his books, regardless of their being in any way suitable" (De Ricci). Inglis was the first translator of Richard de Bury's Philobiblon into English (1832). Blogie III, col. 15.
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