WRENN, John Henry (1841-1911) -- Harold B. WRENN. Catalogue of the Library of the late John Henry Wrenn. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. Austin: University of Texas, 1920.
5 volumes, 8o (260 x 164 mm). Frontispiece portrait of Wrenn by Emery Walker. Original buckram, Wrenn bookplate on pastedowns, t.e.g., others untrimmed (spines slightly darkened). Provenance: Frederick F. Norcross (designated on limitation leaf).
LIMITED EDITION, number 4 of 120 copies, presented to Frederick F. Norcross. This is one of rarest and most important American private library catalogues. About 80 percent of the superb collection of English literature formed by Wrenn was supplied by Thomas J. Wise. The library consisted of nearly 6,000 volumes and contained complete, or nearly complete, runs of Pope, Defoe, Swift, Fielding, Goldsmith, and Walpole (to name only a few), as well as fabricated "first editions" of Ruskin, Tennyson, Browning, and a host of other nineteenth-century authors, manufactured by Wise in collusion with H. Buxton Forman. In 1918, through the aggressive lobbying of English Professor R.H. Griffith (the bibliographer of Pope), the library was purchased from Wrenn's heirs by Major General George W. Littlefield, of Austin, for $225,000, who presented it to the University of Texas.