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LANSDOWNE, William Petty, Second Earl of Shelburne, First Marquis of (1737-1805) -- Bibliotheca Manuscripta Lansdowniana. A Catalogue of the Entire Collection of Manuscripts, on Paper and Vellum, of the Late Most Noble William Marquis of Lansdowne. Vol. 1st [and 2nd]. London: Leigh and Sotheby, "Early in the Spring" sale 27 April 1807.
8o (210 x 133 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece (some light rubbing).
Sale catalogue of the Lansdowne manuscripts; the auction never took place as the entire collection was sold privately to the British Museum for £4,925, granted for that purpose by Parliament. Included in the collection were some 115 volumes of the Cecil papers, Bishop Kennett's topographical collections, heraldic manuscripts, thirty volumes of the papers of Sir Julius Caesar, and Philip Carteret Webb's large collection on parliamentary history. Together with the Cottonian and Harleian manuscripts, this is the most important component of the manuscript collections of what is now the British Library; its catalogue was published by the British Museum in 1819. De Ricci, p. 66.
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