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[LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN]. A catalogue of valuable and rare Old Books, including many superb works, illustrated by numerous prints, offered to the public at the prices affixed to each, by longman, hurst, rees, orme, and brown, paternoster-row, london.

[London?]. [s.n.], [1814].
Quarto. In six parts, [2], 23; 20; 41; 28; [29-]80; [21]. Contemporary sprinkled half-calf, marbled boards, later rebacked preserving contemporary back-strip, all edges red. A trifle rubbed. Scattered spotting.

Comprising: [1] A catalogue of very curious and rare books, in uncommon fine condition, and the greater part in handsome bindings (May 7th, 1813; 396 lots); [2] A catalogue of rare, curious and valuable books, many of them in splendid bindings (pt. 2) (June 7th, 1813; lots numbered 397-747); [3] A catalogue of rare, curious and valuable books, many of them in splendid bindings (pt. 3) (Dec. 1st, 1813; lots numbered 748-1393); [4] A catalogue of rare, curious and valuable books, many of them splendidly bound (Jan. 1st, 1814; 333 lots); and [5] A catalogue of rare, curious and valuable books, many of them splendidly bound (Feb. 1st, 1814; lots numbered 334-1064).

These are followed by a gathering of supplementary list consisting of: A supplement to the catalogue of rare, curious, and valuable books, 24 November, 1812, originally a folio broadside cut and pasted onto two pages; Bibliotheca Illustrata, dated 1 March, 1813, which perhaps began as a two-leaf folio here cut and pasted onto six pages; History, antiquities, voyages, &c., fifteen octavo pages guarded out to quarto.
The first six parts are unusually ornate in their layout a catalogue of secondhand books of the period. Presumably, this was a significant catalogue originally targeted at the discerning, and most importantly wealthy, bibliophile at the higher end of the market. Item three of the first part notably offers 'a splendid collection of books printed at, and relating to, Strawberry Hill, and connected to Horace Walpole.'

OCLC records a single copy of the six-part catalogue (Grolier Club); COPAC adds one further (Cambridge).
£ 950.00 Antiquates Ref: 21082