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CROFTS, Thomas (1722-1781) -- Bibliotheca Croftsiana. A Catalogue of the Curious and Distinguished Library. London: Samuel Paterson, 7 April 1783.
8o (230 x 138 mm). Contemporary marbled boards, uncut, by D. Dowsing, Dorset (rebacked).
PRICED, ruled in red, and with manuscript list of totals for the 43 sessions on front flyleaf. At end are 10 lots of manuscript prices enumerated by hand. Crofts assembled "the finest library of old Italian books yet seen in England; his sale contained a number of fine French chivalry romances" (de Ricci, p.56).
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