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CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY
MASTERPIECES OF PRINTING; ILLUMINATED AND OTHER MANUSCRIPTS;
ENGLISH LITERATURE OF THE ELIZABETHAN AND LATER
PERIODS; A RARE COLLECTION OF THE ENGLISH
CENTURIES; ILLUSTRATED AND EXTRA-
ILLUSTRATED BOOKS; ASSOCIATION
Conditions of Sale
1. All bids to be per Lot as numbered in the Catalogue.
2. The highest bidder to be the buyer; in all cases of disputed bids the lot shall be resold, but the Auctioneer will use his judgment as to the good faith of all claims and his decision shall be final.
3. Buyers to give their names and addresses and to make such cash payments on account as may be required, in default of which the lots purchased to be immediately resold.
4. Goods bought to be removed at the close of each sale. If not so removed they will be at the sole risk of the purchaser and this Company will not be responsible if such goods are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.
5. Terms Cash. If accounts are not paid at the conclusion of each Sale, or, in the case of absent buyers, when bills are rendered, this Company reserves the right to recatalogue the goods for immediate sale without notice to the defaulting buyer, and all costs of such resale will be charged to the defaulter. This condition is without prejudice to the rights of the Company to enforce the sale contract and collect the amount due without such resale at its own option.
6. All goods are sold as catalogued, and are assumed to be in good second-hand condition. If material defects are found, not mentioned in the catalogue, the lot may be returned. Notice of such defects must be given promptly and the goods returned within ten days from the date of the sale. No exceptions will be made to this rule.
7. Bids. We make no charge for executing orders for our customers. We use all bids competitively and buy at the lowest price permitted by other bids.
The Henry W. Poor Library.
HE sale of the First Part of Mr. Poor's Library shows conclusively the rapidly increasing interest in Rare Books. Many important items in this collection purchased by Mr. Poor from the notable collections of Bishop Hurst, Thos. J. McKee, M. C. Lefferts and other important sales of the past sold far in advance of the prices paid by Mr. Poor. The attendance at the sale throughout the week was large and the competition exciting. The present Catalogue offers equal opportunities for selection to the discriminating collector. It will be found particularly strong in
EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE: Including the First Edition, 1605, of Sir Francis Bacon's "Advancement of Learning"; an uncut copy of the "Miscellany Works," 1629; Gower's "Confessio Amantis," printed by Berthelet in 1554; Lord Berner's "Golden Boke of Marcus Aurelius," 1546; Malone's copy of Rainolds' "Overthrow of Stage Plays," 1599, a rarity enhanced by its association interest; Fraunce's "Lawiers Logike," 1588; the Poems of Benjamin Francis, 1660; Parkinson's "Paradisi in Sole," 1656; seven first editions of the plays of James Shirley, each of considerable rarity; the Works of John Taylor, the Water-Poet, 1630; the first edition of the Second Part of the "Mirrour for Magistrates," 1578; Bourne's "Regiment for the Sea," 1584; a further selection of the Writings of Richard Brathwaite, including the "English Gentleman," 1630, and the "Lancashire Lovers," 1640; the so-called first "spurious" edition of Butler's Hudibras, 1663-64; the editions of Chaucer of 1598 and 1687, with Pickering's beautifully printed edition of 1846 and the latest and best edition edited by Professor Skeat and published in 1894-97; Thomas Dekker's "Magnificent Entertainment given to King James," 1604; the first edition of the Poems of Drummond of Hawthornden, 1656;
AMERICANA AND AMERICAN AUTHORS: The Works of William Loring Andrews, including a selection of his very rare earliest writings; the second issue of Bryant's "Embargo,' 1809; the first collected edition of the Federalist, 1788; Smith's "History of New York," 1757; rare early works of Lowell and Longfellow; a fine copy of Poe's "Tales," 1845, in which is inserted an interesting letter from the author to "Annie," whom he celebrated in verse; the first edition of the "Raven," 1844, etc.; Smith's "History of Canada," 1855; Cortez' "La Preclara Narratione," Venice, 1524; etc.;
INCUNABULA AND EARLY PRESSES: A further series of the issues of the Aldine Press, beginning with the scarce "Politianus" of 1498, and including many of rarity and interest; Koburger's Latin Bible, printed at Nuremberg in 1477; Higden's "Polycronycon," printed by Caxton in 1482; and the reprint of the same noted book by another famous early English printer, Peter Treveris, in 1527; St. Bernard's "Sermones de Tempore et de Sanctis," Brussels, printed by the Brothers of the Common Life in 1481; and others;
BINDING: In this division of the library will be found many beautiful bindings, including those of Bozerian, Charles Lewis, and binding in Silver; but the gem of the collection is undoubtedly William Morris' "Story of Grettir the Strong," a masterpiece of the work of Bradstreets (see frontispiece).
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE: Includes Melancthon's copy of Horace, Basle, 1524-which is a genuine Melancthon relic with the numerous MS. notes of the great Reformer certified to by Dr. Puhlmann, the noted German authority; first and other editions of the works of William Morris; the Works of Matthew Arnold, including the very rare "Strayed Reveller," 1849; the Works of Robert Browning in handsome bindings by the Club Bindery, including "Paracelsus," 1835; the Grolier Club Publications are represented by their first and scarcest production, "Decree of the Star Chamber," and other desirable items; there is a further series of the Kelmscott Press publications, including the Poems of Shakespeare and numerous scarce issues of that Press; some particularly choice Cruikshankiana, including the rare first issue of the "Humorist," 1819-20, and Grimm's "Fairy Tales," 1827; Fitzgerald's privately printed "Two Dramas from Calderon," 1865, the