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Catalogue of The Celebrated Library of The Late Major J.R. Abbey. The Seventh Portion. Forty-Three Manuscripts of the 9th to the 20th century. Sotheby's Auction Catalogue 1 Dec 1970.

The head and tail of the spine is damaged, with the head of the strip partially detached, and the boards' edges chipped, else a clean, umarked and solid copy. 95 pages, plus 55 black and white plates. " Major John Roland Abbey (23 November 1894 - 24 December 1969) was an English book collector and High Sheriff. His book collecting started in 1929 buying books from various Private presses, eventually gaining complete collections of books from the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Gwasg Gregynog presses. He also became interested in modern bindings, and in 1931 commissioned examples from Sybil Pye and, from R. de Coverley & Sons, a copy of Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer decorated with Abbey's coat of arms. He also collected antiquarian books, starting from the sale of Primrose's collection and building it up from 1936 to 1938 thanks to sales from the Mensing, Moss, Aldenham, Schiff, and Cortlandt F. Bishop collections, eventually holding over 1,300 books. He died on 24 December 1969 in London, and, with the exception of manuscripts given to his family and a group of books donated to the Eton College Collections, his remaining texts were sold for £993,509 between 1970 and 1975" (Wikipedia)
Published 1970 Sotheby & Co. London
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Condition Jacket Condition Binding Size
Very Good N/A Hard Cover 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Good Reading Book Reference: 18458