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PERKINS (Henry). The Perkins Library. A Catalogue of the Very Valuable and Important Library Formed by... Comprising many Splendid Illuminated Manuscripts of the Highest Class, A Remarkable Collection of Ancient Bibles, Examples of Printing on Vellum of the Greatest Beauty and Rarity... which will be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Gadsden, Ellis & Co. in the Great Library at Hanworth Park on Tuesday, June 3rd, and three following days.1873

[London: 4to, 99pp., 11 plates (one folding), prices and buyers names supplied in cont. hand for the more important lots, orig. printed boards worn and stained, 865 lots. The small but very select library of Henry Perkins (1778-1855) a wealthy brewer, was begun at the Sykes sale of 1824 and augmented at the Dent sale of 1827; it comprised illuminated manuscripts, a remarkable collection of bibles (including 2 copies of the Gutenberg Bible, 1 on vellum), the four folio editions of Shakespeare, examples of printing on vellum, etc. The sale realized a total of nearly £26,000. De Ricci, p.96. "A remarkably well-chosen library..."

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