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BECKFORD LIBRARY.. The Hamilton Palace Libraries. Catalogue of the First [-Sixth] Portion of the Beckford Library, Removed from Hamilton Palace.1882

Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge. 6 Parts in 4 vols., large 8vo, xxxi,[i],[viii],237,[1]; xxvii,[i],[vi],195,[1]; xxvii,[i],[viii],196; xii,[vi],78; 20; xxi,[i],[viii],150pp., complete with printed lists of prices and buyers' names bound in at the beginning of each part except for part 5 (this being books returned and imperfect, priced with buyers' names in a cont. hand), orig. printed wrappers bound in, ex-library, half red morocco, rubbed, spine of vol. 1 badly scuffed, 12,147 lots. De Ricci, pp.84-87. "One of the most greatest collectors of the day, a man to be mentioned in the same breath as Lord Spencer, was the wealthy and eccentric 'Vathek', William Beckford (1759-1844)... As a book collector, he was certainly far ahead of his times". One of the most famous and notable sales in the annals of book-collecting. A book from the Beckford Library still carries with it a pedigree second to none.

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