BOOK CATALOGUE. CRAIG, JAMES THOMSON GIBSON. The Gibson Craig Library. Catalogue of the valuable and very extensive Library of the late James T. Gibson Craig. Esq. (removed from Edinburgh). Three parts in one. London ( Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge) 1887-88.
Folio (340x258 mm.). 31 chromolithographed plates (of bindings). Withbound printed lists of prices and buyers' names.Contemporary red half morocco, partly worn, spine in six compartments, upper edge gilt, otherwise uncut. (bound by Zaehnsdorf). Signature on first free endpaper of Per Hierta. Printed on large paper in 100 numbered copies, this is number III.
Provenance: Per Hierta (1864-1924), famous Swedish bookcollector. He owned amongst others a large collection of about 300 incunabulas, which in 1911 were given to the Swedish Royal Library, and many interesting book bindings which today are housed in the Röhsska Museum of Arts and Crafts in Gothenburg.
The present book was sold at auction of part of his library in 1932, under number 140.
Craig, Gibson (1799-1866), a notable Scottish antiquary and one of the original members of the Bannatyne Club, who during his long life befriended Sir Walter Scott, Sir Henry Raeburn, Macauley, David Lang, and others. His library was sold in 9404 lots. The chromolithographed plates reproduce bindings by and for Grolier, Henri II and Diane de Poitiers, Mary Queen of Scots, her husband the Earl of Bothwell, De Thou, Hoym, Mme de Pompadour, and others.
The catalogue is certainly one of the largest large-paper sale catalogues ever produced.
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