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Bibliotheca Spenceriana 4 Volume Set Bibliotheca Spenceriana: Volume 3

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Bibliotheca Spenceriana 4 Volume Set Bibliotheca Spenceriana: Volume 3 by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
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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. Volume 1 covers the collection's oldest items, including a Gutenberg Bible and work by the great Nicholas Jenson.
Release date NZ
June 28th, 2012
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
62 Line drawings, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
482
Dimensions
178x254x25
ISBN-13
9781108051071
Product ID
19872988

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