Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or, 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 K.G. [with:] Aedes Althorpianae; or an Account of the Mansion, Books, and Pictures at Althorp [and:] A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, lately Forming Part of the Library of the Duke di Cassano Serra, and Now the Property of George John Earl Spencer K.G., with a General Index of Authors and Editions …. Thomas Frognall Dibdin.
Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or, 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 K.G. [with:] Aedes Althorpianae; or an Account of the Mansion, Books, and Pictures at Althorp [and:] A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, lately Forming Part of the Library of the Duke di Cassano Serra, and Now the Property of George John Earl Spencer K.G., with a General Index of Authors and Editions …
Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or, 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 K.G. [with:] Aedes Althorpianae; or an Account of the Mansion, Books, and Pictures at Althorp [and:] A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, lately Forming Part of the Library of the Duke di Cassano Serra, and Now the Property of George John Earl Spencer K.G., with a General Index of Authors and Editions …
Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or, 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 K.G. [with:] Aedes Althorpianae; or an Account of the Mansion, Books, and Pictures at Althorp [and:] A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, lately Forming Part of the Library of the Duke di Cassano Serra, and Now the Property of George John Earl Spencer K.G., with a General Index of Authors and Editions …

Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or, 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 K.G. [with:] Aedes Althorpianae; or an Account of the Mansion, Books, and Pictures at Althorp [and:] A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, lately Forming Part of the Library of the Duke di Cassano Serra, and Now the Property of George John Earl Spencer K.G., with a General Index of Authors and Editions ….

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Co. Printed at the Shakespeare Press, 1814-15; 1822; 1823.

Large paper copies, one of 50 or 55 copies. Frontispiece portrait. Numerous plates, text printed in red and black. 7 vols. Folio. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, boards tooled in blind and in gilt. Some light offsetting and foxing. Fine (spines very slightly toned, one joint tender). Jackson 36, 37, 38; Windle A25, A26, A27; Besterman 5051. Provenance: Marquis of Stafford (binding; bookplates). Item #302942

Monumental large paper set of Dibdin’s elaborate catalogue of the library of the second Earl Spencer, one of the great book collectors of his or any time. T.F. Dibdin (1776-1847) was Spencer’s librarian and produced the four-volume catalogue in 1814-1815, and later three volumes on the collections at Althorp, describing nearly 1,500 items.

Bound for the Marquis of Stafford, with his device on the boards of the first four volumes, and his bookplates in the two Althorp volumes. The tooling varies slightly across the set.

“the handsomest and most elaborate catalogue of a private library yet issued” (De Ricci, p. 75).

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