22 - 23 March 2005
MURRAY, Charles Fairfax (1849-1919) -- Hugh William DAVIES. Catalogue of a Collection of Early French Books in the Library of C. Fairfax Murray, compiled by Hugh Wm. Davies. London: Privately Printed, 1910.
2 volumes, 4o. Numerous illustrations throughout. Half brown levant morocco, spines gilt, t.e.g., others uncut (rubbed at joints, some light scuffing to covers, cover of vol. 1 becoming loose). Provenance: Possibly Sidney Cockerell's copy (see correspondence below).
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, printed on heavy handmade paper. It is an important work on early French illustrated books and on early French printing. The numerous reproductions in the text range from single lines of type and decorated initials to full-page woodcuts.
MURRAY. Two autograph letters signed ("C.F. Murray") to Sidney Cockerell, West Kensington and Paris, 20 October 1906 and 21 June 1915, discussing the calligraphic manuscript of Virgil being completed by Graily Hewitt and other matters. Together 6½ pages, 8vo. The manuscript of Virgil's Aeneid was begun by Morris, but completed by Hewitt some time before 1919. The manuscript was sold by Morris to C.F. Murray, whose son inherited it following his death. It was sold anonymously in 1928 and was later puchrased by Mrs. Doheny from Mrs. George W. Millard in 1932. It was sold as the final lot of the historic series of Doheny Library sales to a private collector (Christie's New York, 19 May 1989, lot 2370). (4)
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