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At West's Sale, 1773, a Copy sold for 21. 2s.; and at Sir P. Thompson's, 1815, one Copy sold for 221. Ils. 6d. ; and another for 281. 17s. 6d.

The Works of King Charles the First. Folio, 1672.

Some curious particulars respecting the printing of this work

may be found at p. 103 and 104 of the The Olio of Bibliographical and Literary Anecdotes.

In the Archiepiscopal Library, at Lambeth Palace, is a Copy with dashes of the pen through the Monarch's Prayers, as well as through every passage respecting the advancement of the Protestant Religion.

A manuscript note at the beginning, by Zach. Craddock, and dated November 1st. 1678, accounts for the numerous expurgations as follows:

“ This book, being seized on board an English Ship, was delivered, by order of the Inquisition of Lisbon, to some of the English Priests, to be perused and corrected according to the rules of the Index Expurgatorius Thus corrected, it was given to Barnaby Crafford, English Merchant there, and by him it was given to me, the English Preacher resident there in 1670; and by me, as I then recieved it, to the Library at Lambeth, to be there preserved.”

The Unkinde Desertor of Loyall Men and True Frinds. 8vo.

Superiorum permissu, 1676.

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A Copy of this book was in the valuable Library of the late John Towneley, Esq. bound in red morocco, and

appears in the Sale Catalogue of the Bibliotheca Townleiana, part the first, 1814. Where it was purchased by the Earl of Leitrim for 311. 10s. and had the following note appended :

One of the rarest pieces of Irish History. A most severe invective against the Duke of Ormond, written by Nicholas French, Catholic Bishop of Ferns, an unprincipled politician, who repeatedly changed sides. He went to Brussells, and offered the Crown of Ireland to the Duke of Lorrain; afterwards, he proceeded to Paris, and requested an interview with Charles the Second, who refused to see him. This he attributed to Ormond, became his inveterate enemy, and concentrated in this volume every circumstance which he could collect injurious to Ormond's reputation.”

See the Catalogue of Mr. West's Books, No. 4623, where a Copy of this scarce and severe satire, sold for two guineas; and, on looking over a Sale Catalogue of Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby, May, 1789, I observe a Copy there sold for 1l. 11s. 6d.

Virgilii Maronis (Pub.) Opera, ex Recens. Nic. Heinsii

Danielis filii. 12mo. Amst. Elzevir. 1676.

This Edition has been printed on three different sized papers. A Copy of the largest size sold for 320 livres, according to Fournier, chez M. de Cotte.

At Colonel Stanley's Sale, a Copy brought 21l. 10s. 6d. another at Townley's Sale, 1814, was bought by Mr.

Strettell for 141. 14s. at whose Sale, in 1820, it only sold for 111. Os. 6d.

The True Edition of the Elzevir Virgil, 12nio. 1636, is also a moderately rare book. See Fournier. Dict. de Bibliographie, p. 547, for the means of distinguishing the real Edition from its counterfeits.

Auctores Classici in Usum Delphini, 4to.

The Marquis Lansdowne's Copy of these Classics, 62 vols. 4to. and wanting the Opera Philosophica of Cicero, sold in 1806 for 1571. 10s.

As complete and fine a Collection of the whole of these Quarto Classics, as was perhaps ever offered for sale, in 67 vols. was bought, at the Duke of Roxburghe's Sale in 1812, by the Duke of Nortolk, for 5041. It has formerly been Cardinal Huet's Copy, and contained both the Editions of Dictys Cretensis and Pompeius Festus.

The only other Collections of these Classics since sold I believe to be Lord Berwick’s, July, 1817, 63 vols. 4to. morocco, 1411. 158.; Treuttell and Wurtz, 1817, 64 vols. 2361. 58.; aud the Rev. W. Douglas's, at Sotheby's, Dec. 10, 1819, in 61 vols, uniformly bound in calf, and gilt edges, which sold for 112 guineas, wanting both the Opera Philosophica of Cicero, and the Statius--the two most valuable of the collection.

The separate value of the rarities in this Collection may be judged, by the prices which the three most difficult to be met with, brought at the Sale of Sir James Pulteney's books in 1812.

Ciceronis Opera Philosophica, 4to. Paris, 1689, vera edit.* 1 vol. 591. 6s. 6d. Bought for Earl Spencer.

Prudentius, 1 vol. 4to. Paris, 1687, 161. 158. 6d.
Statius, 2 vols. 4to. Parisiis, 1685, 541. 12s.

Collection of Engravings, known by the name of LE


According to Baron Heinekin's List, 33 vols. various sizes--folio, quarto, and octavo, First and best Editions.

Strictly speaking, the Collection is confined to 23 volumes; but, as Louis XIV. and XV. distributed amongst the Sovereigns of Europe many other works, published either wholly or in part at their expence, ten other volumes are usually added to complete the Series.

A complete list and description of the titles of the different volumes, as well as minute particulars of their contents, has been given in the “ Idée Générale d'une Collection complette d'Estampes;" and which, as the description alone occupies upwards of thirty pages, I only refer to.


* The true Edition of the Opera Philosoph. of Cicero, is distinguished by having the pages of each Philosophical Treatise separutely numbered; whereas, the spurious Edition has the pages regularly numbered from the beginning to the end of the Volume.

Various copies of the 23 volumes have been sold in this country ;-at the Paris Sale, 1791, one sold for 1021.

Allan, 1792 ............... 81 0 0
Gainsborough ............. 97 13 0

155 0 0
To Mr. North.

Booth's (G.) Translation of Diodorus Siculus. Folio.

Lond. 1700.

It might be inferred that a second edition of this Book had been printed, as some copies have appeared with the date of 1721; but, it is only an old friend with a new face, the title-page alone being reprinted.

In the Fonthill Abbey Library, is the original MS. on vellum of Les Trois Premiers Livres de Diodore Sicilien. Translatez de Latin en Françoys, par Maistre Anthoine Macault, Notaire, Secretaire, et Valet de Chambre du Roy, (Francis I.) by whose express command it appears to have been executed. Prefixed to the MS. is a painting of the King, seated under a canopy, powdered with fleurs de lis, and surrounded by his Courtiers, &c. For a description of this very valuable MS. I must refer the reader to the Repertorium Bibliographicum of Mr. W. Clarke, p. 213, &c. 8vo. 1819, to which description is added, a copy from the painting, representing the portrait of Francis I. with his pet Marmoset seated on the table close to the King's left arm, drawn and engraved by Mr. William Behnes, of Newman Street—the first attempt and unique effort in the Graphic Art of this self-taught genius, whose rapid strides

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