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PAYNE, John Thomas -- Catalogue of the Very Choice Collection of Books and Miniatures, formed many years since by J.T. Payne, Esq... London: J. Davy & Sons at the Dryden Press for Sotheby's, 10 April 1878.
8o (248 x 174 mm). 11 plates (9 in gold and colors). Buckram-backed boards.
THE EARLIEST SALE CATALOGUE TO INCLUDE COLOR REPRODUCTIONS OF BINDINGS. The sale catalogue of the choicest books owned by J.T. Payne, who, as the partner of Henry Foss from 1813-1850, helped to form several of the greatest libraries, such as those of Grenville, Phillipps, Heber, Halliwell, Huth, Miller. The firm was broken up and its stock sold by auction in 1850, Payne's share in 1857, except for the above 117 lots, which De Ricci describes as "a small series of exquisitely selected books" including some superlative miniatures and fine historical bindings. The catalogue contains the earliest color reproductions of bindings in a sale catalogue, printed for Sotheby's at the Dryden Press. Payne was the great-nephew of "Honest Tom" Payne (1719-1799), the founder of the firm and protector of Roger Payne (no relation). PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand. Blogie III, col. 35 (unillustrated issue).
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