WALPOLE, Horace, Fourth Earl of Orford (1717-1797) -- Catalogue of the Classic Contents of Strawberry Hill Collected by Horace Walpole. [London:] Printed by Smith & Robins, 25 April 1842. -- The Collection of Rare Prints & Illustrated Works Removed from Strawberry Hill for Sale in London. London: George Robins, 13 June 1842. -- SCATTERGOODS, Triptolemus. Gooseberry Hall, the Renowned Seat of Sir Hildebrod Gooseberry. N.p., .
Three catalogues in one, 4o (259 x 210 mm). Lithographed portrait of Horace Walpole by Madely after Eckhardt, additional wood-engraved title in first catalogue (creased). Contemporary purple stamped cloth, red morocco lettering piece (spine faded).
PRICED COPY WITH BUYERS' NAMES of the sale catalogue of the contents of Strawberry Hill, the "little Gothic castle" built by Horace Walpole. "Having gothicised the place...with battlements and arches and painted windows...he proceeded, or rather continued, to stock it with all the objects most dear to the connoisseur and virtuoso, pictures and statues, books and engravings, enamels by Petitot and Zincke, miniatures by Cooper and the Olivers, old china, snuff-boxes, gems, coins, seal-rings, filigree, cut-paper, and nicknacks of all sorts, which gave it the aspect partly of a museum and partly of a curiousity shop... His critical taste was good, and as a connoisseur he would be rated far higher now than he was in those early Victorian days when the treasures of Strawberry Hill were brought to the hammer..." (DNB). Bound into this copy is a contemporary spoof of the sale, pretending to be the introduction ("Puffatory Remarks") to the catalogue, still to be published, of the contents of Gooseberry Hall, including the library with its books and manuscripts (described on pp. x-xii), including the ficticious letter by Samuel Johnson. The author has remained unknown (BMGC lists it under Scattergoods). Lugt 16,576 & 16,640; Blogie III, col. 19.