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The Book-Collector A General Survey of the Pursuit and of those who have engaged in it at Home and Abroad from the Earliest Period to the Present Time   By: (1834-1913)

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BOOK COLLECTOR

A General Survey of the Pursuit and of those who have engaged in it at Home and Abroad from the Earliest Period to the Present Time

WITH AN ACCOUNT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIBRARIES AND ANECDOTES OF THEIR FOUNDERS OR OWNERS AND REMARKS ON BOOKBINDING AND ON SPECIAL COPIES OF BOOKS

BY

W. CAREW HAZLITT

JOHN GRANT

LONDON

1904

[Illustration: Key to the Characters in the 'Field day at Sotheby's.']

1 Mr. G. S. Snowden 11 Lord Brabourne 21 Mr. Dykes Campbell 2 Mr. E. Daniell 12 Mr. W. Ward 22 Palmer's boy 3 Mr. Railton 13 Mr. Leighton 23 Dr. Neligan 4 Mr. J. Rimell 14 Mr. E. W. Stibbs 24 Mr. C. Hindley 5 Mr. E. G. Hodge 15 Mr. H. Sotheran 25 Earl of Warwick 6 Mr. J. Toovey 16 Mr. Westell 26 Mr. Molini 7 Mr. B. Quaritch 17 Mr. Walford 27 Mr. H. Stevens 8 Mr. G. J. Ellis 18 Henry 28 Mr. F. Locker Sampson 9 Mr. J. Roche 19 Mr. Dobell 29 Mr. E. Walford 10 Mr. Reeves 20 Mr. Robson

[Illustration: BOOK SALE AT SOTHEBY'S AUCTION ROOMS.

FROM THE ORIGINAL WASH DRAWING BY H.M. PAGET IN POSSESSION OF MESS^RS SOTHEBY, WILKINSON & HODGE, LONDON.

CARL HENTSCHEL PH. SC.]

PREFACE

SEVERAL monographs by contemporary scholars on the inexhaustible theme of Book Collecting have made their appearance during the last twenty years. All such undertakings have more or less their independent value and merit from the fact that each is apt to reflect and preserve the special experiences and predilections of the immediate author; and so it happens in the present case. A succession of Essays on the same subject is bound to traverse the same ground, yet no two of them, perhaps, work from the same seeing point, and there may be beyond the topic substantially little in common between them and the rest of the literature, which has steadily accumulated round this attractive and fruitful subject for bookman and artist.

During a very long course of years I have had occasion to study books in all their branches, in almost all tongues, of almost all periods, personally and closely. No early English volumes, while I have been on the track, have, if I could help it, escaped my scrutiny; and I have not let them pass from my hands without noting every particular which seemed to me important and interesting in a historical, literary, biographical, and bibliographical respect. The result of these protracted and laborious investigations is partly manifest in my Bibliographical Collections , 1867 1903, extending to eight octavo volumes; but a good deal of matter remained, which could not be utilised in that series or in my other miscellaneous contributions to belles lettres .

So it happened that I found myself the possessor of a considerable body of information, covering the entire field of Book Collecting in Great Britain and Ireland and on the European continent, and incidentally illustrating such cognate features as Printing Materials, Binding, and Inscriptions or Autographs, some enhancing the interest of an already interesting item, others conferring on an otherwise valueless one a peculiar claim to notice.

My collections insensibly assumed the proportions of the volume now submitted to the public; and in the process of seeing the sheets through the press certain supplementary Notes suggested themselves, and form an Appendix. It has been my endeavour to render the Index as complete a clue as possible to the whole of the matter within the covers.

As my thoughts carry me back to the time it is fifty years when I commenced my inquiries into literary antiquities, I see that I have lived to witness a new Hegira: New Ideas, New Tastes, New Authors. The American Market and the Shakespear movement[1] have turned everything and everybody upside down. But Time will prove the friend of some of us... Continue reading book >>




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