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LANSDOWNE, William Petty, Second Earl of Shelburne, First Marquis of (1737-1805) -- Bibliotheca Lansdowniana. A Catalogue of the Entire Library of the most Noble William Marquis of Lansdowne. London: Leigh and Sotheby, 6 January 1806.
8o (218 x 135 mm). 19th-century black half calf and marbled boards. Provenance: Boston Athenaeum (ink stamp on title and first blank).
Sale catalogue of the printed books in the Lansdowne library, formed by the first Marquis of Lansdowne, better known as Lord Shelburne, one of the most unpopular statesmen of his time, though he was instrumental in concluding the peace treaty between America and Britain; he was a generous patron of literature. "The sale of Lansdowne's huge library of printed books by Mssrs. Leigh & Sotheby lasted thirty-one days and realized over £6,700" (DNB). For the Lansdowne manuscripts, see following lot. De Ricci, p. 66.
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