22 - 23 March 2005
PEARSON, John -- Catalogue of Rare, Valuable & Interesting Books (Collected during the last 40 Years) being the First Portion of a Book-Lover's Library. (Sold in consequence of declining years)... London: Sotheby's, 3 April 1913 -- Catalogue of the Valuable and Interesting Library formed during the past 40 years by Mr. John Pearson...the second portion... London: Sotheby's, 28 January 1914 -- Catalogue of the Valuable and Interesting Library...the third portion... London: Sotheby's, 7 November 1916.
Together 3 volumes in one, 4o. Photograph portrait of Pearson mounted as a frontispiece; numerous plates, including color reproductions of bindings (a few loose). Green cloth, morocco lettering piece on spine. Provenance: A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate).
The sale catalogue of the collection of John Pearson, founder of John Pearson & Co., one of the most important London rare bookdealers from 1870 onward, but "separated from the firm many years since" (De Ricci). The firm appears to have continued under different ownership, at least until 1924 when a large portion of its stock was sold at Sotheby's. De Ricci, p. 197. Not in Blogie.
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