Bibliotheca Spenceriana 4 Volume Set: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century and of Many Valuable First Editions in the Library of George John Earl Spencer - Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and LibrariesThomas Frognall Dibdin (author)
Multiple copy pack 2118 Pages / Published: 28/06/2012
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At his death, George Spencer (1758-1834) had created the greatest private library in Europe. At the time, many aristocrats were spending huge sums acquiring rare printed books. With monastic and aristocratic libraries in Europe being dissolved, collectors had access to thousands of examples. The Second Earl Spencer's interests were in English 'black-letter' printing, especially the works of Caxton, and continental incunables, particularly first editions of Greek and Latin classics. Thomas Dibdin (1776-1847) was employed as Spencer's librarian and visited Europe searching for new acquisitions. Published in 1814-15, this catalogue is of the earliest and rarest items in the collection. Each is described in detail, with reproductions of woodcuts and engravings, making this a fascinating record of one man's commitment to collecting the earliest examples of this revolutionary invention.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 2118
Weight: 3900 g
Dimensions: 255 x 179 x 112 mm
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