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HARBIN, George. [Copies of several Old Charters, Deeds & Evidences now in the hands of Thomas Lord Viscount Weymouth, in his Library at Long-Leate. Coun. Wilts. 1717].

[s.i.]. [s.n.], [1717].
Manuscript on paper. In two volumes, 8vo and quarto, the 8vo bound in quarto size to present a uniformly bound pair. 5, 5-56, [3], 25, [2], 26-67, [2], 24, 24-53; [2], 88, [2], 37, 37-90, [1]. (pages 84-90 numbered but otherwise blank), further 45 blank leaves, 13 pages in manuscript tipped-in to rear vol. II. Nineteenth-century blind-tooled diced russia, lettered in gilt. Marbled endpapers. A trifle rubbed, small chip to head and short cracks to joints of each spine. With the twentieth-century bookplates of Bryan Hall and Ronald Fiske to FEPs, and the earlier inscription by Sir Thomas Phillipps 'Phillipps Ms 4801 2vols. An earlier slip describing the volumes is tipped in
A collection of manuscript deeds, charters and similar in the library of the Lord Weymouth at Longleat, Somerset, transcribed by Anglican clergyman and historian George Harbin (c.1655-1774) in 1717, who, as librarian to Thomas Thynne, 1st Viscount Weymouth (1640-1714), would have been fully aware of the extent of the Longleat manuscript holdings. The sectional title for the third part, where Harbin notes the 'Families of Ferrars, Verdon, Bourgchier, Devereux, De la Roche, or De Rupe', is most revealing of content, and indeed also references the physical location of the items in question: 'In the Box next under Staffordshire, behind the viiith classis in the Library of Long-Leate'.

It was previously in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, and is referenced as Phillipps MS 4801, and presented five fascicles or 'parts' (as recorded in Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomæ Phillipps, (Middle Hill, 1837) contained within these two later bound volumes. It was purchased as lot 538 at Sothebys (by Bryan Hall), 19th Feb 1947.
£ 2,000.00 Antiquates Ref: 14058