The Great Morgan Catalogues; Robert von Hirsch’s Set

Catalogue of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, Fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other Sources. Now Forming a Portion of the Library of J. Pierpont Morgan.

[Compiled by M.R. James, A.W. Pollard, & E. Gordon Duff]. Plates & reproductions in the text, including many in red, blue, & black. Titles printed in red & black. Four vols. Folio, orig. green half-morocco & cloth (one or two unimportant scratches to bindings), spines gilt, t.e.g., others uncut, by Riviere & Son. London: [Privately] Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1906-07.

Limited to 125 copies (the MSS. volume) and 175 copies (the printed books volumes), and printed on handmade paper. One of the most sumptuously produced catalogues of a private library, this monumental work, compiled by Pollard and M.R. James with the assistance of E. Gordon Duff, Robert Proctor, and Stephen Aldrich, is of the greatest possible value to all those concerned with the history of manuscript decoration and calligraphy, early printing, and the graphic arts. These volumes contain detailed descriptions and a very large number of facsimiles. No efforts were spared to make them worthy of their remarkable contents.

A fine set and now scarce on the market. With the bookplate of Robert von Hirsch (1883-1977), the great art collector whose collections were sold a year following his death. From the library of Detlef Mauss.

❧ De Ricci, p. 173–“four handsome catalogues.”.

Price: $30,000.00

Item ID: 7697

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