Description: Folio (345 x 230mm.), engraved architectural title, woodcut illustrations, dedication, woodcut initials, COLOURED THROUGHOUT BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, FINELY BOUND IN CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH MOROCCO GILT BY LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY’S BINDER (see Henry Davis Gift, no. 70), central arabesque gilt composed of smaller stamps of birds, urns and spirals within an elaborate gilt panel of similar motifs including birds on vines, later crowned monogram of the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch (1746–1812), the whole within double dog-tooth borders gilt, spine gilt in seven compartments with similar bird motifs, lettered “Gerhards Herb:” in the first, edges gilt and gauffered,
4G6 and 4I2 with marginal paper flaws, binding rubbed, spine slightly faded
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: Henrey 155; Hunt 223; Nissen
BBI 698; STC 11751
Provenance: William, 1st Earl of Lothian (c.1605–1675), armorial bookplate on verso of title; given to his daughter Lady Henrietta Scott née Kerr (1653–1741), inscription on title; presumably thence by descent through the Scott family to Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, crowned monogram on upper cover; Albert Ehrman, book collector (1890–1969), Broxbourne, Herts, presentation inscription to his wife Rina; thence by descent to the present owner
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