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TWO HUNDRED BOOKS

FROM THE LIBRARIES OF

THE WORLD'S GREATEST BOOK
COLLECTORS.

GROLIER (1479-1565)

TO

BECKFORD (1759-1844)




LONDON
J. PEARSON & CO.

5, Pall Mall Place
Telegraphic and Cable Address: "Parabola, London"



PICTURE COLLECTION

FREE PUBLIC LIcRARY



CHISWICK PRESS : CTIARI.KS WHITTINGHAM AND CO,
TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON.



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FOREWORD

We believe that this Catalogue contains particulars, not only
of the most extensive, but also of the most valuable collection
of Armorial and Historical Bookbindings that has ever occurred
for sale.

An important feature of this Catalogue is the number of
splendidly bound volumes by the world's greatest binders, and,
moreover, all the books in this Collection are remarkable for
their fine preservation. We desire to direct attention to the
very choice examples from the cabinets of:



NO.

Adelaide (Madame) . . . 152

Aguesseau (Chancellor d') . 112
Anne of Austria .... 49, 50

Barry (Madame du) . . . 159

Barry (Jean du) 146

Baviere(ChristineVictoirede) 99

Beckford 185 to 188

Ben Jonson 37

Bourbon (Chas. de, Cardinal) 9

Bourbon (Henri de) .... 48
Buckingham (Geo. Villiers,

Duke of) 40

Butler (Bishop) 126



Cambaceres (Prince de)
Canevarius ....
Caraman (Comte de)
Catherine of Aragon
Chalon (Vialard, Bishop o
Charles I . . ,
Charles II . . .
Charles IX . . .
Charlotte (Queen)
Clement XI (Pope)
Clement XIII (Pope)
Cobentzel (Comte de)
Colbert



f)



NO.

177

29

88

2

66

43

69

20

161

togz

127

176

59,60



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NO.

Coligny (Fr. de) 28

Conde (Claire Clementine de) 61
Conde (le Grand) . . . 64, 65

Conde (Prince de) .... 156

Congreve (Wm.) 113

Cranmer 3

Davies (John, t/ie Poet) . . 32

Derwentvvater (3rd Earl of) . 124

Dibdin (T. F.) 195

Dickens, Charles 200

Dreux (Catherine Ang^lique,

Marquise de) 125

Edward VI 17

Elizabeth (Queen) , , . . 15

Elizabeth de France . 190, 191

Eu (Comte d') 129

Eugene de Savoie . . 108 ^^ iii

Evelyn (John) 62

Ferdinand I of the Two Sici-
lies 169

Fitzjames (Due de) . . . . 132
Fl^chier (Esprit, Bishop of

Nismes) 71

Fleury (Cardinal de) ... 96

Fouquet (Marquise de) . . 158

Fouquet-Belle-Isle .... 120

Francis I 5

P'rederick the Great . . . 136

Frederick William IV . . . 199

Frobishcr (Martin) .... 16

Gentian 44

George I 100, loi

George II 117



NO.

George III 157

George IV 189

Goulx de la Berchere (Le,

Bishop of Narbonne) . . 89

Gramont (Duchesse de) . . 150

Gray (Thos., t/ie Poet) . . . 137

Grolier i

Guise (Chas., Due de) ... 35

Harley (Robert) 105

Henry VIII 4

Henry, Prince of Wales . . 42

Henri II 7, 8

Henri III 21

Henri IV 23

Henri IV and Gabrielle d'Es-

trees 24

Henrietta Anne of England . 87
Henrietta Maria (Queen of

Charles I) 55

Hoby (Sir Thos.) .... 13
Hoym (Comte de, t/te Polish

Grolier) 128

James I 33. 34

James II 72

James III (the "Old Pre-
tender") 122, 123

La Reynie (N. G. de) ... 67

La Val (Marie de) . . . . 54

Ligne (Prince de) . . . . 155

Locke (John) 70

Lomdnie (L. H., Comte de) 73, 74

Longpierre (Baron de) . . 98

Lorraine (Louis, Cardinal de) 22



FOREWORD



NO.

Louis XIII 45, 47

Louis XIII and Anne of Aus-
tria 46

Louis XIV 71 to%i

Louis XV 133 ^(^ 135

Louis XVI (when Dauphin) 178

Louis XVI 179

Louis XVIII 182

Louis, le Grand Dauphin 103, 104
Maintenon, Madame de . 75, 76
Mansfelt (Count of) ... . 6

Marat 160

Marguerite de Valois . . 25,26
Maria Theresa (Empress) . 138
Marie Adelaide Clotilde de

France 184

Marie Antoinette . . . . 181
Marie Josephe de Saxe . . 151

Marie Leczinska 131

Marie Therese de Savoie

(Queen of Charles X) . . 183
Marlborough (Sarah, Duch-
ess of) 102

Matthaeius (Cardinal Hier-

onymus) 56

Maximilian II (Emperor) 11

Mazarin (Cardinal) . . 51 ^'f 53
Metz (G. d'Aubusson de la

Feuillade, Bishop of) . . 57
Montespan (Marquise de) 86

Montpensier (A. M. Louise
d'Orleans, Duchesse de).
" La Grande Mademoiselle " 68



NO.

Mulgrave (Lord, the Poet);
J. Sheffield (Duke of Buck-
inghamshire) 90

Napoleon 193, 194

Nivernois (L. de Gonzague,

Due de) 18

Nodier (Charles) 198

Northumberland (Henry

Percy, Earl of) .... 31
Orleans (Charlotte Elisabeth

de Baviere, Duchesse d') . 95
Orleans (Elizabeth d') . . . 107
Orleans (Louis Philippe, Due

d') ......... 147

Orleans (Louis Philippe

Joseph, Due d'), Egalite

162 to 164
Orleans (L. P. J., Due d'),

Egalite^ and Adelaide de

Bourbon-Penthievre . 165, 166
Orleans (Philippe, Due d')

The " wicked " Regent . . 115
Paulmy (Marquis de) . . . 145
Pembroke (Wm. Herbert,

Earl of) 38

Penthievre (Due de) . . . 148
Peter Leopold, Archduke of

Austria 197

Philippe de France, brother

of Louis XIV 85

Philip II 12

Philip V 118, 119

Pius VI 139



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FOREWORD



Pompadour (Madame de)

140
Provence (Comtesse de) 170
Prysler and Hooghart .
Oueensberry (Duke of)

Racine

Rignac

Saint Aignan (Due de)
St. Just (Merard de)
Sancroft (Archbishop)
Sartine (Gabriel de)
Seguier (Pierre) . .
Sixtus V (Pope) . .
Sophia (Princess)
Stanislas Leczinski .



NO.

to 144

192
106

84

63
121
168

58
149

39

10

196

116



NO.

Sully (Due de) 30

Tasso 19

Thou (J. A. de) 27

Valois (Charles de) .... 36

Vendome (Due de) .... 97

Ventadour (Duchesse de) . 180

Verrue (Comtesse de) . . . 114

Victoire (Madame) . . 153, 154

Walton (Izaak) 41

Wesley (John) 130

William III 94

William IV of Orange . . 167
William IV, Landgrave of

Hesse-Cassel 14



Reduced facsimiles are given of a certain number of the
bindings, but exact photographic reproductions of nearly all of
the most important volumes can be sent on application.



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GROLIER (1479-1565)

NSTITUTIONDELADISCIPLINEMILI-
TAIRE AU ROYAUME DE FRANCE.

Veli'iun, with Grolier's Autograph on the
Title-page, and the arms of Grolier de Ser-
vice on the sides of the binding. Folio. Lyon, 1559.

An extremely precious joint-provenance.

Grolier de Serviere was the grandson of the famous bibHophile, Guigard
gives an account of the only other example of GroHer de Serviere's library
that can be traced.

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CATHERINE OF ARAGON (1485-1536)

POLICRATICI DE NUGIS CURIALIU et vestigiis
philosophom Joanis Salesberiensis. Pj-inted i^t red and
black. Calf. Bound for Catfierine of Aragon, with her

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anus impressed on the front cover, and those ^/ Henry VIII
on the reverse cover. 8vo. Paris, 15 13.

A splendid example of Queen Catherine's library and an extraordinarily
rare provenance.

This binding is exactly similar to No. 6 in the P.riti^jh Museum binding
catalogue.



ARCHBISHOP CRANMER (1489-1556)

OECOLAMPADIUS. IN DANIELEM LIBRI DUO.

4to. Th. Wolff. Basle, 1530. In postremos tres prophetas.
Original calf binding with clasps. 4to. And. Cratander,
Basle, 1527.

Archbishop Cranmer's copy. This binding is exactly similar to the one
shown in Cranmer's famous portrait, by Fliccius, in the National Portrait
Gallery.

Johannes Oecolampadius (Johann Hausschein), the celebrated reformer,
was born at Weinsberg in 1482, and died at Basle in 1531. He was one of
the most learned as well as one of the most moderate of the reformers, but
his great influence was owing more to his character than to his works, mainly
biblical commentaries and treatises on the Eucharist.

It is interesting to notice in connection with the present volume a passage
in a letter from Cranmer to Joachim Vadian (1537): "I have seen almost
everything that has been written and published either by Oecolampadius or
Zuinglius, and I have come to the conclusion that the writings of every man
must be read with discrimination. And perhaps one might apply to these
men, and not without reason, the remark of Jerome respecting Origen, that
when they wrote well nobody wrote better, etc. And I wish that they had not
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The binding is a remarkably fine specimen of the English roll-work of the
period. It also retains its clasps which are usually wanting in such bindings.
The great interest of the volume lies in the inscription oji the title-page, " Thomas
Cantuarien" shoiving that it was originally in the library of Thomas Cranmer.
In 1892 the Rev. E. Burbidge issued a list of all volumes known from Cran-
mer's collection, enumerating 42 manuscripts and 369 printed volumes, but the
present book escaped him. The majority of Cranmer's books fell into the
hands of Henry FitzAIan, Earl of Arundel, who gave them to his son-in-law,
Lord Lumley. Lord Lumley was tutor to Prince Henry who, on his tutor's
death in 1609, bought a large part of his Hbrary which thus became part of the
Royal Library, transferred to the nation in 1757.

The present book never came into Lord Lumley's hands, who invariably
wrote his name in his books. It contains an early autograph, "Ph. Main-
waring 5^," probably that of Sir Philip Mainwaring (i 589-1 661) of Over
Peover, Cheshire, or of his nephew. There are also signatures of members of
the families of Stanley and Smallwood, both connected with Cheshire and
Lancashire.

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HENRY VIII (1491-1547)

HENRY VlirS "FIELD OF THE CLOTH OF
GOLD" ANTIPHONARY.

A superb Manuscript with lovely miniatures attributed to Fra Benedetto.
This is believed to be absolutely the finest Renaissance binding in the world.
It was bound by Roffet and almost certainly presented to Henry VIII by
Francis I when they met at the " Field of the Cloth of Gold."

A printed description, by Professor Bradley, of this wonderful volume
with a full-size coloured reproduction of the beautiful binding, can be seen
upon appHcation.



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FRANCIS I (1494-1547)

ALPHABETUM HEBRAICUM ET GR^CUM—

Theodori Gazae de Hnguse graecee institutione liber secundus,
Erasmo Roterodami Interprete, 15 18. — Introductivse Gram-
matices libri quatuor (Grsece) 15 16. Ca//. Bound for
Francis I, with the ''fleurs-de-lis^' '' abeilles',' and '' her-
iniiie " impressed in the centre panels on the sides. 4to.
Louvanii apud Theodoricu Martinu7n Ahistensem, 15 18, et
Parisiis, Algid. Gourmontius 1516.

The tools employed by the binder upon this volume were also used to
decorate the bindings of his predecessor, Louis XII.

The first book, " De Linguae " is the original edition of Erasmus' trans-
lation of the great philologist's (Theodore Gaza) second book of Grammar.
The " Litroductivae " is described by Brunet as very rare: "Dans cette
edition, qui est fort rare, chaque livre a un titre separe, et les deux premiers
livres sont imprimes en plus petits caracteres que les deux autres."

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COUNT OF MANSFELT (1517-1604)

VINCENT DE BEAUVAIS. LE QUART VOLUME
de Vincent miroir hystorial — Le cinquiesme volume de
Vincent miroir hystorial. In one volume. Bound i7t a
magnificent Mosaic binding for Peter Ernest, Count of




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Mansfelt, with his arms on the sides together'- with his
motto: "M Force m'est trop" and "Mansfelt." Folio.
Paris, 1 53 1.

A most magnificently bound volume, from the library of the Count of
Mansfelt, the celebrated general of Charles-Quint ("the Emperor ").

A curious note on the fly-leaf states that this book " apertient a Rene de
Chalon et a vwti ajue Anne de Gros, 1607, 4'"^ de ATars. De feu gran pere k
princ et conte de Mansfelt Pier Erjiest.'"

Rene de Chalon has written his name upon the title-page. Later he gave
the volume to the College of the Society of Jesus at Nivelles. The librarian
of that college has written upon the title-page, " Collegij Soctis Jesu Nivellis.
Dono Dnae de Chalon. Ora pro Ilia. 1627."

This was one of the finest bindings in the Didot collection, and it is
figured in the illustrated catalogue of that extraordinary collection.

One of the most remarkable and jnost gorgeous bindings that has ever
occurred for sale.

£zoo



HENRI II (when Dauphin, 15 19-1559)

PLINY. CAII PLINII SECUNDI VERONENSIS
NATURALIS HISTORIAE Lib. i-xxxvij. Woodcut
title. Calf, stamped with the c7^ozv7ied dolphin, Jleurs-de-lis
and ermine. Bound for Henri II when Dauphin. Folio.
Paris, 15 16.

This volume was almost certainly bound for Henri II — exactly similar
tools were also used to decorate volumes bound for his father, Francis I.



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HENRI II (1519-1559)

ARIOSTO. I XVI. ULTIMI CANTI D'ORLANDO
FURIOSO di M. Lodovico Arlosto Ferrarese, Con la
giunta di cinque canti d'un nuovo libro del medesimo.
Numerous woodcuts. Calf. Botind /br Henri II (of
France), with his device [H. coiiromd) impressed on the
sides. i6mo. In Lione, 1556.

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CHARLES DE BOURBON (1520-1590)

STAPLETON (THOS.). TRES THOMAE SEU
DE S. THOMAE APOSTOLI REBUS GESTIS.
De S. Thoma Archiepiscopo Cantuariensi & Martyre, D.
Thomae Mori Angliae quondam Cancellarii Vita. His
adjecta est Oratio Funebris in laudem R. P. Arnoldi de
Ganthois Abbatis Marchennensis. Authore Thoma Staple-
tono Anglo S. Theolog. Doctore. Summa rerum singula-
rum Capita pag. post epistolam dedicatoriam proxima indi-
cantur. Duaci Ex officina Joannis Bogardi cio.id.lxxxviii.
Olive morocco. Bound, by Clovis Eve, /i?;^ Charles de Bour-
bon [Cardinal Archbishop of Rouen), with his arms im-
pressed on the back. 8vo. 1588.

" Charles X " of the League.

Olive morocco; gilt on the sides with a treble fillcl; the back also framed



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with a treble gold fillet; a simple gold line along the edges of the covers; the
edges of the book plain-gilt. The Cardinal, who died in 1594, was the first
of the Bourbons who took to this plain binding of modern style, which De
Thou had already begun to affect. On the flat and bandless back there is
first the title, the Cardinal's hat surmounting the Bourbon arms (the lilies
with a bendlet), and further down, within an oval, a natural lily surrounded
by a motto, "Superat candore et odore."



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SIXTUS V (1521-1590)

MANUSCRIPT BY BARTHOLOMEUS GUIDDO-
TUS. A Poem, written in Italian, and occupying 26
pages. 1 5 full-page pen-and-ink drawings of the Papal arms,
portrait of the Pope, the Crucifixion, einbkmatical subjects,
etc. Bound for Sixtus V, with his arms, stamped on vellum,
inlaid on the sides. Folio. 1587.

Written and Illuminated in gold for presentation to the Pope.

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EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN II (1527-1576)

STEPHANUS (HENRICUS). ANTHOLOGIA
GRAECA. Florilegium diversorum Epigrammatum ve-
terum, in septem libros divisum. Vellum richly tooled.



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Bound for the Emperor Maximilian II, with his arms on
the sides. 4to. 1566.

An excessively rare provenance. An original letter from the Emperor
(with his sign-manual) is inserted.



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PHILIP II (1527-1598)

BLANCA (HIERONYMO). Ad Regum Aragonum veter-
umq. Comitum Depictas Effigies, in Regia Caesar-Augus-
tanensi Deputationis Aula positas, Inscriptiones : Quae
summa uniuscuiusq. rerum, temporum, atq. aetatum capita
complectuntur. With numerous woodcuts of coats of arms.
Vellum, gilt. The Dedication Copy to Philip II of
Spain, with his arms impressed in gold on the sides. 4to.
Caesaraugustae (Saragossa), 1587.

Sek Illustration.



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SIR THOMAS HOBY (1530-1566)

VOULTE (JEAN). INSCRIPTIONUM LIBRI II;
Xeniorum libellus Hendecasyllaborum libri IV. Original
gilt calf 2 vols in i. Simon de Colines. Paris, 1538.

Sir Thomas Hoby's copy.

Jean Faciot, who in the fashion of the times Latinized his name as
Vulteius, is now generally known as Voultd. He was born about 15 10 at



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Vandy-sur-Aisne near Rheims. He studied at Paris, and in 1533 was engaged
as a lecturer at the College of Guyenne in Bordeaux. Later he migrated to
Toulouse to study law, but gave it up in favour of literature. In 1536 he was
at Lyons, and by the advice of his friends, Pierre Duchatel and Guillaume
Sceve, issued his two books of epigrams, which were printed by Gryphius.
In 1537 he published a further two books of epigrams, printed at Lyons by
J. Barbous.

The present two works followed, and beyond these he is only known to
have written one small tract, a funeral oration on Jacques de Minut, printed
at Lyons in 1537, which has escaped the notice of bibliographers, and of
which the only known copy is in the Christie collection in Manchester
University. Voulte was assassinated by an unsuccessful opponent in a law
suit on 30th Dec, 1542. His work, though not of great merit from a poetical
point of view, has much value for the small biographical details which it gives
of the lives of his contemporaries — Dolet, Duchatel, Marot, Briconnet, and
others. It also throws a great deal of light upon the disturbances in the
University of Toulouse, though little use seems to have been made of it by
historians.

The present copy is in the original brown calf-binding with giltfleurons at
the corners, and a Renaissance design in gold in the centre; in the upper part of
either side are the initials T. H. On the fly-leaf is the inscription "1553 mense
Febr. Thomas Hobeiis Anglus. Farisiis" showing that it formerly belonged to
the celebrated Sir Thomas Hoby. He was born in 1530, and was the second
son of William Hoby, of Leominster. He matriculated at St. John's College,
Cambridge, in 1545, and, after going through his course, spent some years in
travelling in foreign countries, especially Italy and France, when no doubt he
bought this book. He was knighted in 1566, and went as ambassador to
France, but died at Paris in July of the same year. He was greatly esteemed
by his contemporaries for his literary knowledge and elegance of style, his
most important publication being a translation of the " Cortegiano of Baldas-
sare Castiglione," first issued in 1561, and frequently reprinted.

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WILLIAM IV, LANDGRAVE OF HESSE-
CASSEL (1532-1592)

BRAZIL. HISTORIA NAVIGATIONIS IN BRA-
SI LI AM, quae et America dicitur. Qua describitur aiitoris
navigatio, quaeque in marl vidit memoriae prodenda : Villa-
gagnonis in America gesta : Brasiliensium victus et mores a
nostris admodum alieni, cum eorum linguae dialogo: ani-
malia etiam, arbores, atque herbae, reliquaque singularia et
nobis penitus incognita. A Joanne Lerio Burgundo Gallice
scripta. Nunc vero primum Latinitate donata, et variis
figuris illustrata. Ruled iji red. Niunerous curious woodcuts.
Calf, gilt leaves, the sides and back elaborately tooled in gold
with floral arabesques. The Dedication Copy to William
IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel, surnamed " The Wise,''
with his arms in mosaics of green, I'ed, and black, with the
insignia in gold on the binding. Above and below the arms
is a chej^ub's head in gold. 8vo. Genevae, 1586.

An extremely fine and interesting copy of this most rare piece oi Americana.
The Dedication Copy to the Founder of the princely house of Hesse-Cassel
is obviously a notable volume.

This splendid binding is an excellent example of the best Venetian work
of the sixteenth century.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH (1533-1603)

COMMINES. THE HISTORIE OF PHILIP DE

COMMINES, Knight Lord of Argenton (translated by
Thomas Danett). Calf. Boimd for Queen Elizabeth,
with her arms, the Tudor rose sicrmounted by the royal
crown, sta^nped on the sides of the binding. FoHo. Imprinted
by Ar. Hatfield for J . Norton, 1596.

This is the earliest English version of " De Commines." The impression
of 1596 (which is far rarer than that of 1601, and is not quite correctly
described by bibliographers), has the powerful interest, that it appeared
just at the point of time when Shakespeare had in hand his "Tragedy of King
Richard II," printed in the following year, and was naturally led to look
about for information concerning Italy, between which country and England
the relations had then grown regular and intimate. In the drama the author
introduces the banishment of Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, his settlement at
Venice, and death there, and he elsewhere refers to the " fashions of proud
Italy."

". . . whose manners still our tardy apish nation

Limps after in base imitation."

De Commines, who was well acquainted with Italy and with Venice itself,
describes the country and the place in his book in flattering colours, and it
was just that sort of personal, picturesque way of narrating scenes and
experiences which would impress Shakespeare. Capel reprinted a portion of
this edition of De Commines in his " School of Shakespeare" (pages 201-3).

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FROBISHER (i535?-i594)

MACHIAVELLI. (NICOLO). I MEDESIML 8vo.
Palermo, 1584.

The Autograph of Sir Martin Froeisher (the great Elizabethan
Admiral and Navigator) is contained in this, his copy of Machiavelli.

The famous navigator presented this copy of Machiavelli to his friend,
George Day, in 1585, and at the same time wrote with his own hand the
following inscription upon the fly-leaf:

"To Maijster George Dave this book of Machiavell his woorkes
FFROM his grte (great) ffrende Martin Ffrobisher ve 26 March
1585-"

Sir Martin Frobisher's aiitograpJi is of stipe? lative rarity, and never before
have we had the good fortune to be able to offer one for sale.

As regards the volume itself its preservation is admirable, and the original
binding is just as it was when Sir Martin Frobisher wrote his autograph
in it.

"In 158S Frobisher commanded the 'Triumph' in the great Armada
fight. On Sunday, 21 July (Old Style), in conjunction with Drake in the
' Revenge,' and Hawkins in the ' Victory,' he first beat the Spanish rear-
admiral; later in the day he with Hawkins engaged Don Pedro de Valdez,
leader of the Andalusian squadron, who, however, did not yield until Drake
came to their assistance next morning, very much to Frobisher's annoyance.
On Wednesday the 24th, when the English fleet was augmented from the
Thames, Frobisher led one of the four newly-formed squadrons. On Monday
the 29th, Frobisher, with Drake and Hawkins, gave their final blows to the
remains of the Armada while in difficulties on the shoals off Gravelines."

It is an interesting fact that just as Frobisher (in 1588) fought against the
Armada, so his friend George Day (to whom he gave his copy of Machia-
velli) figures in the list of those Essex gentlemen who contributed money



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towards the cost of England's defence at that stirring period. Day subscribed
£2^, February, 1588.

As a navigator, Sir Martin Frobisher is principally known to posterity by
his three voyages in search of a North-West passage,

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EDWARD VI (1537-1553)

LUCANUS. Title within woodcut border. Calf. Bound
for Edward VI, luith his arms stamped on the sides. 12 mo.
Paris, 1543.

This is Simon Colinaeus' beautifully printed edition.



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DUG DE NIVERNOIS (1540-1595)

LA FONDATION FAICTE PAR MES SEIGNEUR
ET DAME, les Due, et Duchesse de Niuernois: Princes
De Nanthoiie: Contes de Rethellois & dAuxerre, &c.
Calf Bound for Louis de Gonzague, Due de Nivernois,
with the monogram '* l & h" (Louis and Henrietta, his
wife) impressed on the sides. 4to. 1579.

An exactly similar binding is to be found in the Bibliotheque Nationale.



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TASSO (1544-1595)

BEMBO (PIERRE). LE PROSE (rivedute da Varchi).
Folio. Venice, 1525.

From Tasso's Library. This most precious copy of the great Italian
Poet Bembo's works, is annotated throughout by Tasso.

The present famous volume was in Tasso's possession whilst he was
confined in the Hospital of Saint Anne between the years 1579 and 1586,
and literally every leaf is enriched with his manuscript notes and annotations.

This splendid relic of the great Italian Poet passed from the possession of
Professor Rossini (Tasso's biographer) to George Hibbert, from Hibbert's
world-famous library into that of Sir William Tite, and finally to the late
Lady Currie (better known under her ?iom de phime of " Violet Fane ").

The volume is in its old binding just as Tasso handled it, but preserved
in a morocco case.

This important Tasso manuscript has never been published.

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CHARLES IX (1550-1574)

MONSTRELET. LES CHRONIOUES D'ENGUER-
RAN DE MONSTRELET GENTIL-HOMME jadis
demeurant a Cambray en Cambresis. Contenans les cruelles
guerres civilles entre les maisons d'Orleans & de Bour-
gongne, roccupatlon de Paris & Normandie par les Anglois,
I'expulsion d'iceux,& autres choses memorables advenues de
son temps en ce Royaume, & pays estranges. Histoire de
bel exemple & de grand fruict aux Francois, commenceant


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