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MURRAY, Charles Fairfax (1849-1919) -- Hugh William DAVIES. Catalogue of a Collection of Early German Books in the Library of Charles Fairfax Murray. London: Privately Printed, 1913.
2 volumes, large 4o (330 x 255 mm). 30 collotype plates, including 2 frontispieces, reproductions in the text, many full-page. Original blue boards, blue buckram spines, printed labels on spine, uncut (spine labels largely perished).
Printed on heavy handmade paper, and limited to 100 copies. "Owing to the extremely detailed bibliographical descriptions and critical notes by Davies, successively cataloguer and owner of the London bookselling firm of J. & J. Leighton, from whom many of the books were acquired, the catalogues of the Fairfax Murray Collection of French and German fifteenth- and sixteenth-century illustrated books (including a few of a later date), may be considered selective bibliographies of their subject and belong indeed to the best reference works on it" (Breslauer & Folter). "The term 'German' will be found somewhat comprehensive, including many of the productions of the presses in Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland, and a few of Austria-Hungary" (Davies's preface). With its 30 fine collotype plates, many of them reproducing bindings, and the 750 reproductions taken from 495 mainly illustrated works, this is no doubt one of the most luxuriously produced catalogues of its kind. Breslauer & Folter 147. (2)
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