Catalogue of the First [-Eighth] Portion of the Valuable & Extensive Library, formed by the Rev. Thomas Corser...who, from Age, Ill Health, and Bodily Infirmity, is precluded from the further Enjoyment of his Books
by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: CORSER, Rev. Thomas).
...which will be sold by Auction, by Messrs. Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge. Eight parts in one thick volume. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in cont. green half-morocco & patterned cloth, spine richly gilt. London: 1868-74. [bound with]:(--). Catalogue of the Concluding Portion of the Valuable & Extensive Library formed by the late Rev. Thomas Corser...which will be sold by Auction, by Capes, Dunn, & Pilcher...on Wednesday, 18th December, 1876, and Two following Days. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers. Manchester: 1876. Complete set of the sale catalogues, including the rare final ninth portion sold in Manchester, through which the extraordinary collection of mainly early English and Elizabethan literature formed by the Rev. Thomas Corser (1793-1876) was dispersed. Having been the son of a banker no doubt enabled him to pursue his collecting over twenty years, until ill health and blindness caused him to gradually dispose of it. "Corser was one of the most learned and enthusiastic book-collectors of his day, and his noble library contained, besides a wonderful collection of unique and rare editions of the works of the early English poets and dramatists, a fine block-book...seven Caxtons, and a large number of books printed by Machlinia, Wynkyn de Worde...and other early English printers. The library also comprised a large number of books of emblems, drolleries, jest-books, garlands...Mr. Corser also possessed a few choice manuscripts...There were 6,244 lots in the eight sales, and the total amount realized was 19,781 pounds... "Some additional manuscripts and books which had belonged to Mr. Corser were sold after his death, at Manchester, by Capes, Dunn and Pilcher on December the 13th, 1876 and two following days."-Fletcher, pp. 372-76). This final portion comprised 740 lots and made 1,408 pounds. Many of Corser's books were bought by Henry Huth. Tipped-in are several letters from Sotheby's regarding the Corser sale and reviews from The Times. Fine and most handsome set; rare when complete. Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson. ❧ De Ricci, p. 150-"a particularly fine library." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5006)
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