London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row, St. James's, 1812.
First edition. 17, , [iv], 284 (i.e. 283); iv, 21; 73 pp; iv, 20 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 19th-century half-morocco and marbled boards Dibdin, Biblioliographical Decameron, III, pp. 49-69. Provenance: W.A. Jackson (note on f.f.e.p. in the hand of?:); Peter Isaac (bookplate). Item #306699
This copy has two examples of the Supplement bound in. Prices and buyers are occasionally inked in a contemporary hand. A note on the verso of the f.f.e.p., presumably by Peter Isaac, reads "given me by W.A. Jackson."
"A new era in British book-collecting may be said to start with the Roxburghe sale (1812). For the first time in the history of bibliophily, the four- figure limit was reached in an auction sale for a single printed book. From being the hobby of a scholar or the whim of an eccentric commoner, the collecting of rare books became, once more, as in Harley's and Sunderland's days, the favourite pastime of the wealthy nobleman...John, third Duke of Roxburghe (1740-1804), had found in the family library a certain number of valuable books...Round this nucleus he built a handsome and extensive library... mainly devoted to incunabula, French chivalry- romances, early English and Italian literature, Shakespeare and the drama. The sale was a most sensational affair and the total of £23,341 was an extraordinary one for the time. Dibdin has scribbled reams of enthusiastic literature on the smallest incident of each daily session" (De Ricci, English Collectors of Books & Manuscripts 1530-1930, pp 71-72).
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