A Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books in the English Language. Four volumes. Payne COLLIER, ohn.
A Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books in the English Language. Four volumes.

A Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books in the English Language. Four volumes.

New York: David G. Frances and Charles Scribner & Co., 1866,

First American Edition. large octavo, olive green cloth with printed paper spine labels. (xiv), 327; 355; 371; 341 pp. David G. Frances and Charles Scribner & Co., Item #29737

In 1877 Collier prepared "A Catalogue, Bibliographical and Critical, of Early English Literature; forming a portion of the Library at Bridgewater House" for Francis Egerton, first Earl of Ellesmere who privately printed the catalogue in an edition of 50 copies. "This valuable work, a labor of love, perhaps discloses Collier at his best. ' Not a few of the volumes, there is every reason [he says] to believe, are unique.' The books described are certainly of the greatest rarity." George Watson Cole, "The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America" Vol 23, pt 2, 1929, pp. 29-32. This represents a second edition of that work, vastly enlarged, listing nearly 2,000 items. An important catalogue by a man best known for his "blighted reputation" as a Shakespearean scholar. Spine labels scuffed, minor wear to cloth at top and bottom of spines, quarter-size blemish to front cover of Volume 3. Mostly unopened.

Price: $100.00

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