LOCKER-LAMPSON, Frederick (1821-1895) -- The Rowfant Library. A Catalogue of the Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Drawings and Pictures, collected by Frederick Locker-Lampson. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1886. 8o (254 x 160 mm). Etched frontispiece by Cruikshank, autograph letter signed from Locker-Lampson tipped-in. LIMITED EDITION, one of 150 copies.
[With:] LOCKER-LAMPSON, Godfrey. An Appendix to the Rowfant Library... Collected since the Printing of the First Catalogue in 1886... London: Privately Printed by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press, 1900. 8o (252 x 160 mm). Title in red and black, photographic frontispiece. LIMITED EDITION, one of 350 copies, this one of 150 reserved for the Rowfant Club, Cleveland, Ohio.
Together 2 volumes. Original Roxburghe bindings, t.e.g., others uncut (vol. I spine a bit rubbed and dry).
Catalogue of the Rowfant Library. The library was "unique of its kind" (De Ricci). Locker-Lampson was a Victorian poet whose London Lyrics went through numerous editions. He lived at Rowfant in Sussex, inherited from his second father-in-law, Sir Curtis Lampson. Locker's object was to secure the masterpieces of English literature, from Chaucer to Swinburne, in the first edition of each work. His small but extremely choice library contained several Shakespeare quartos and a perfect folio, Caxtons, and rare editions from Spenser to Browning. The Rowfant Library was purchased by E.D. Church, who kept only a small portion for himself and sold the rest through Dodd, Mead & Co. (mainly to American collectors). (2)