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Auction: Fine Books and Manuscipts
was auctioned on: 25 June 2013
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Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$1,187
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Merly Library. A Catalogue of the Well Known and Celebrated Library of the late Ralph Willett, Esq. Brought from his Seat at Merly, in the County of Dorset. London: sold at Auction by Leigh and Sotheby, December 1813. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo (220 x 138 mm). [4], 119, [1]; 25, [1] pp. Printed price list at end with separate title. Sheet of manuscript addition of prices bound in, and manuscript addition within text. Period half red morocco. Leaf with Turner's manuscript foxed, minor rubbing to edges. Provenance: DAWSON TURNER (ownership signature dated 1813, page of manuscript notes on items in sale); Earl of Crawford (armorial bookplate); Alan G. Thomas (bookplate). DAWSON TURNER'S COPY, ON FINE PAPER. The manuscript total value of the Merly Library accounts for over thirteen thousand pounds. Highlights included the Biblia Pauperum Blockbook: £257.5.0 to Sir G.P. Turner; Caxton, The Game of Chesse, second edition, £173.5.0 to the Duke of Devonshire; and Caxton, The Boke of Tulle, 1481, £210.0.0 to the Marquess of Blandford. Jackson believed that Dibdin was possibly one of the authors. For an account of Willett and his library see Alan G. Thomas in The Book Collector, Winter 1963. Jackson 33.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Fine Books and Manuscipts
Date of the auction: 25 Jun 2013
Address: Bonhams London
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