Catalogue of the extensive, important and valuable Collection of Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, and Engravings…which will be sold by Auction, by Messrs. Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge…on Monday, the 18th of May, 1874…

1 p.l., 288 pp. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound-in cont. dark green half-morocco, cloth sides, spine gilt, t.e.g. London: 1874.

A handsome copy, ruled in red with prices in a contemporary hand. Tite was a noted architect whose principal work was the remodeling of the Royal Stock Exchange (1844). He was a strenuous opponent of the Neo-Gothic style as practiced by Sir George Gilbert Scott (see D.N.B.). “Among the contemporaries of Henry Huth was a notable bibliophile, the enthusiastic architect Sir William Tite (1798-1873), whose fine and valuable library brought nearly 20,000 pounds, a large sum for the early ‘seventies. Tite owned a choice series of Shakespeare Quartos, mainly from the Halliwell sales, a number of English Bibles and Prayer Books, often completed in facsimile with deceptive skill, a few excellent illuminated MSS, and some scarce autographs. Most of Tite’s rare books bear his signature or manuscript notes on the fly-leaf.”–De Ricci, p. 154.

This was one of the best architectural libraries of the time. From the library of A.R.A. Hobson with bookplate.

❧ Quaritch, Contributions…, p. 288.

Price: $750.00

Item ID: 4980