New York: Christie, Manson & Wood, 1987, 1989,
quarto, red cloth. Christie, Manson & Wood, Item #29421
A complete set including the very useful index volume. Part 1: "Fifteenth-Century books including The Gutenberg Bible" 302pp. 136 lots. Part 2: "Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts" 126pp. 182 lots. Part 3: "Printed books and Manuscripts including Western Americana" 320pp. 1010 lots. Part 4: "Printed Books and manuscripts. Early Printing, Literature and Fine Bindings" 350pp.Lots 1011 - 1672. Part 5: "Printed books and Manuscripts including American, Literature and Fine Bindings" 316pp. Lots 1673- 2231. Part 6: "Printed books and Manuscripts Concerning William Morris and his Circle" 105pp. Lots 2232 - 2370. Part 7: Index and Price List. (100)pp., (xxxiv)pp."Throughout her marriage, Doheny was closely associated with her husband's career as a pioneer California oil developer. In 1926 she became acquainted with avid book collector Frank J. Hogan when he was retained as Mr. Doheny's chief legal counsel. Stimulated by Hogan's interest and prompted by Pasadena bookseller Alice P. Millard, Doheny turned her casual attraction for books into a serious collecting passion. First she was drawn to examples of the delicate art of fore-edge painting. This collection grew to be one of the most important in the world and supplied the substance for a historical bibliography by Carl Weber. Next, with the assistance of Los Angeles bookdealer Ernest Dawson and in friendly rivalry with Hogan, she began to gather the first editions of the works listed in Merle Johnson's High Spots of American Literature (1929)...Another early collection centered on the history of California and the West...Then in 1931, following leads from collector and writer A. Edward Newton, she began to acquire monuments of English literature. She was aided in her search by Millard and by Philadelphia bookdealer A. S. W. Rosenbach...Among notable incunabula in the collection were the Old Testament volume of the Gutenberg Bible, Fust and Schoeffer's 1462 Biblia Latina, and Sweynhem and Pannartz's printing of Lactantius (1465)...With innate good taste, Doheny formed one of the most impressive rare book and manuscript libraries in the United States."