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Bibliotheca Spenceriana

Bibliotheca Spenceriana
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
4 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries

  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108051118

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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.

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    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108051118
    • length: 2118 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 179 x 112 mm
    • weight: 3.9kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Ancient classics. Volume 2: Ancient classics (cont.). Volume 3: Collections of classics
    Grammar and lexicography
    Miscellaneous authors. Volume 4: Advertisement
    Miscellaneous authors (cont.)
    Italian books
    William Caxton
    Oxford books
    St Alban books
    Lettou and Machlinia
    Wynkyn de Worde
    Richard Pynson
    Additions and emendations

  • Author

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

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