The celebrated library of Boies Penrose Esq, FSA, FRGS, removed from Barbados Hill, Devon, Pennsylvania. The first portion: Travel & exploration, navigation & trade, A-L § The second portion: travel & exploration, navigation & trade, M-Z; Fourteen geographical manuscripts, English & Continental books of the fifteenth, sixteenth & seventeenth centuries. Boies Pensrose, collection.
The celebrated library of Boies Penrose Esq, FSA, FRGS, removed from Barbados Hill, Devon, Pennsylvania. The first portion: Travel & exploration, navigation & trade, A-L § The second portion: travel & exploration, navigation & trade, M-Z; Fourteen geographical manuscripts, English & Continental books of the fifteenth, sixteenth & seventeenth centuries

The celebrated library of Boies Penrose Esq, FSA, FRGS, removed from Barbados Hill, Devon, Pennsylvania. The first portion: Travel & exploration, navigation & trade, A-L § The second portion: travel & exploration, navigation & trade, M-Z; Fourteen geographical manuscripts, English & Continental books of the fifteenth, sixteenth & seventeenth centuries

London: Sotheby, 1971. Two vols., (2) 106 (4) pp., [4] leaves of plates, text illustrations: 161 (3) pp. (some folding), folding color frontispiece, [9] leaves plates, text illustrations. Original green boards. The Stonehill copy with a few minor markings. Robin Halwas noted of his set: "Fine collection of pre-1641 travel and exploration, containing a manuscript of Sir John Mandevilles' travels in English (extracted from the Clopton Manuscript, a devotional miscellany, c. 1403-1425; now Princeton University, R.H. Taylor Ms 10), a 1520 manuscript by Marco Polo, an early 15th-century manuscript of Chaucer's Treatise on the astrolabe (ex-E.P. Goldschmidt; now Toshiyuki Takamiya Collection, Japan), the Basel Columbus Letter of 1494, and important maps and atlases. A magnificent English manuscript map of Guiana of c. 1596-1599 was bought by the Duke of Northumberland. Penrose commenced collecting in 1926 and had sold books previously at Sotheby's in 1934 and at Parke-Bernet in 1945-1947. Percy Muir, "Private Libraries, VII: Boies Penrose" in The Times Literary Supplement, 17 September 1938, p.604; cf. Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors (New York 1986), pp.256-257; William H. Helfand, in Grolier 2000: a further Grolier Club biographical retrospective (New York 2000), pp.284-286." Of interest is that the highest price at the sale was paid by Colin Franklin, closely followed by Ken Nebenzahl and Bernard Breslauer. Sadly auction houses no longer publish prices and buyers, just prices. Item #122727

Price: $35.00

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