Bibliotheca Sussexiana. A descriptive catalogue, accompanied by historical and biographical notices, of the manuscripts and printed books contained in the library of His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, ... in Kensington Palace. By Thomas Joseph Pettigrew, F.R.S., F.A.S., F.L.S., ...
London: printed for Longman and Co.; Payne and Foss; Harding and Co.; H. Bohn; and Smith and Son, Glasgow, 1827--39.
2 vols in 3 ; 33.3 cm. (2º)
I,i: , 24, , ccxciv,  p., engr. frontis. port., 14 pl. : illus.
I,ii: , 516 p., V pl.
II: liii, , 587,  p.
Large paper copy. Parts 1 and 2 of vol. I were printed by A.J. Valpy and published in 1827, while vol. II was printed by P.P. Thoms for Longman and Co. in 1839. The plates displaying facsimiles of leaves from manuscripts and books from the collection and calligraphic specimens are protected by tissue guards; plates 7--9 in vol. I, pt. 1 are printed in red ink. The catalogue covers the theological portion only of the 50,000 books in the library of the Duke of Sussex (vol. I, pt. 1, manuscripts; vol. I, pt. 2, and vol. II, Bibles). The Duke, a noted Freemason, became a friend of Soane after the latter's initiation in 1813. See David Watkin, 'Freemasonry and Sir John Soane, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 54, no. 4 (December 1995), pp. 402--417. Pettigrew was the Duke's surgeon and later his librarian until 1830 when the two men were estranged following a controversial election at the Royal Society; a partial reconciliation led to the publication of vol. II after which no more was published, the collection being sold in 1844--45. He was also the author of a work of Egyptology, A history of Egyptian mummies, 1834, and sent two prospectuses to Soane (q.v.; q.v.), who did not however purchase a copy.
Copy Notes Unopened. Loosely inserted at the front of vol. I, pt. 1 is an ALs in ink with black edge: Kensington Palace / 18th April 1827 / Mr W.C. Pettigrew has the honor / of forwarding to Mr. Soane, by / Command of His Royal Highness / the Duke of Sussex, the first / Volume of the Bibliotheca Sussexiana, / of which His Royal Highness / requests Mr. Soane's acceptance. With folded envelope (having a black wax seal and an embossed blank seal), addressed in ink to John Soane Esq. R.A./ &c. &c. &c. and subscribed Sussex. Volume II, published two years after Soane's death, is inscribed in pencil on the front free-endpaper by George Bailey, first curator of the Museum: This Volume was presented to / the Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum / by His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex / 3d. August 1840.
Binding C19th quarter green linen, grey paper boards, printed paper spine-label. Large paper copy.
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