Small 4to., 4 leaves, black letter, title within a border of type ornaments; a good copy in modern half red morocco.
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First edition, an important document for the preservation of libraries and archives in the Civil War. It deplores as ‘prejudiciall to the publique’ any ‘dispersing by sale or otherwise’ of books seized by the parliamentary Committees for Sequestration or Distresses, whether ‘Manuscripts or written Bookes, proceedings of Courts, evidences of Lands ...’ or ‘whole Libraries, and choice Collections of printed Bookes’.
Before any seized books can be sold, they must be examined by another committee (among whose members are John Selden, Francis Rous and Sir Simonds D’Ewes), and, if considered of importance, must be inventoried and deposited in a safe place for public use. Books sequestered in the Inns of Court are to remain there; members of the Assembly of Divines are to be allowed to borrow sequestered books, provided that they ‘leave in the place where they take them, a note ... of what they so take ... and of their promise safely to returne’ them; and the Army is enjoined to take ‘care for the preservation of all kindes of Evidences of Lands ... and every other written papers or Parchments ... from Spoile and Destruction’.
Wing E 1780.
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A rare sale catalogue of the important prints and drawing collection of the English collector and amateur etcher James Hazard (1748-1787) who was born in London but lived most of his life in Brussels, where he also died falling off his horse. Hazard was a man of independent means who devoted his short life to the pursuit of his collecting passions. He travelled often to Germany, France and Holland to secure pieces for his collection. An album of his own etchings is offered as lot 3759 (p. 630); his etchings were never published and he only distributed some to his friends. The verso of the title-page informs prospective buyers that there is going to be an auction of James Hazard’s paintings on the 14th of April (the sale catalogue ran to only 11 pages) and a sale of his library was scheduled for May 1789 (a printed catalogue of 46 pages duly appeared).