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[EDWARDS, James]. A catalogue of the valuable library of james edwards...which will be sold by auction, On wednesday April 5, 1815, and the Five following Days (Sunday excepted.) by r. h. evans...

[London]. Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., 1815.
8vo. [4], 47pp, [1]. With three engraved folding plates. Modern marbled paper wrappers, printed paper lettering-piece to upper panel. Very minor shelf-wear. Priced throughout in manuscript, each entry accompanied by the name of the purchaser.
The auction catalogue, priced in a contemporary uniform hand, of the six-day sale, commencing 5th April, 1815, of the remarkable library of book collector and bookseller James Edwards (1756-1816), sold by his successor Robert Harding Evans (1777-1857). The amount realised by the sale of the 830 lots was £8,398. The library was the second collected by Edwards. His first collection, of less value, was sold at Christie's in 1804.

A striking highlight, lot 278, was the only known copy on vellum, once owned by Pope Alexander VI, of Livii Historiarum quae supersunt (Sweynheym and Pannartz, Rome, 1469), which sold for a staggering £903 (bought by the bookseller Arch for Sir Mark Masterman Sykes). Another stand out was the final lot, the Bedford Missal, purchased by Edwards in 1786 at the Duchess of Portland's sale, at which he outbid George III. The missal sold to the Marquess of Blandford, George Spencer-Churchill (1766-1840) for £687.
£ 500.00 Antiquates Ref: 20294