22 - 23 March 2005
TITE, Sir William (1798-1873) -- Catalogue of the extensive, important and valuable Collection of Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, and Engravings. London: Sotheby's, 18 May 1874.
8o (256 x 174 mm). Contemporary dark green hard-grained half morocco, original wrappers bound in.
Tite was a noted architect whose principal work was the remodelling of the Royal Stock Exchange (1844). He was a strenuous opponent to the Neo-Gothic style as practiced by Sir George Gilbert Scott (DNB). "Among the contemporaries of Henry Huth was a notable bibliophile, the enthusiastic architect Sir William Tite, whose fine and valuable library brought nearly £20,000, a large sum for the early 'seventies. Title owned a choice series of Shakespeare Quartos, mainly from the Halliwell sales, a number of English Bibles and Prayer Books, often completed in facsimile with deceptive skill, a few excellent illuminated MSS, and some scarce autographs" (De Ricci). Not in Blogie.
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