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TOOVEY, James (1814-1893) -- MORGAN, J. Pierpont (1837-1913), Collection. Catalogue of a Collection of Books formed by James Toovey principally from the Library of the Earl of Gosford. The Property of J. Pierpont Morgan. New York, 1901.
4o (288 x 224 mm). Chromolithographic frontispiece and plates reproducing bindings. Contemporary brown morocco, spine gilt-lettered and -ruled, top edge gilt, others uncut, by the Club Bindery, 1901 (a few minor scuffs). Provenance: J.R. Abbey (bookplate); E.P. Goldschmidt (pencil note on flyleaf).
FIRST EDITION of this scarce catalogue of the Toovey collection. The first section details the suberb collection of Aldines, accompanied by plates printed in gold and colors which reproduce many of the fine bindings. The second section covers the collection of general literature. Toovey, a London bookseller, formed the collection during the last twenty years of his life. Toovey purchased many of the books from the library of the late Earl of Gosford in 1878. Included were works obtained from the libraries formed by Renouard, Hanrott, Butler, Bishop of Lichfield, Sir M.M. Sykes, Heber, Hibbert, Libri and Solar. Morgan purchased the collection from Toovey's son in 1899.
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