8vo (222 x 140 mm), pp. 96; bound in orange stiff card wrappers.
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The Pirie Library. A Short-Title Catalogue of the Collection of Robert S Pirie.
The library of Robert S Pirie, ‘one of the finest private libraries of English literature, not just of our time but of all time’ (James Stourton), was sold at Sotheby’s New York on 2-4 December 2015. This account is based on Sotheby’s catalogue of the sale, and augmented by Mr Pirie’s acquisition cards and information supplied by Irene Adams. It contains indexes of provenances, sources, bindings, armorials and devices, & a list of prices, along with a preface and memoir by Nicolas Barker, and recollections by Nicholas Poole-Wilson.
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