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EVANS, Robert Harding, auctioneers (1778--1857)
[Sale catalogue. 1823:02:21--23]
A catalogue of the curious and extensive library of the late James Perry, Esq. part the fourth and last. ... Which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Evans, at his house, No. 93, Pall-Mall, on Monday, February 21, and two following days. 1823.
[London]: printed by W. Nicol, [1823].
[2], 29, [1] p. ; 22.6 cm. (4º)

Notices of immediately forthcoming sales on final page. The newspaper proprietor James Perry was a personal friend of Soane. The sale of his library took place in four parts, the first three taking place in March and May 1822; the successive sales excited the attention of the editor of The Museum: or a record of literature with articles on the subject of bibliomania ('Sale of Mr Perry's library, or the bibliomania revived, 25 May 1822', p. 70, and 8 June 1822, p. 105). A bill from William Boone records Soane's purchase of 'Perry's Catalogue' on 5 March 1822 for 2s. 6d. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.8) but this must refer to the catalogue of the first part of the sale (4--16 March 1822), and only the catalogue of the fourth is now in the Museum. An undated list of lot numbers 'Purchased at Perry's Sale' by William Boone on Soane's behalf, endorsed by Soane '(before June) 1822' suggests that Boone acted as Soane's agent at the first part of the sale of his friend's library, buying 32 lots for £198 3s. 6d. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.13). The lots listed are all in Soane's library excepting only one of the three songbooks forming lot 1576 ('Free's Warwickshire Medley'), and lot 2185 ('Howell's Londinopolis, portrait, 1657'). These include some of the most rare and curious items in Soane's library, among them a uniformly bound set of mostly early editions of the works of Defoe (lot 1372 for £35 14s., catalogued under the individual titles), Forbes's Cantus, songs and fancies, Aberdeen, 1632 (q.v.), a copy of Fabyan's Chronicle previously owned by George Steevens and the Duke of Roxburghe (q.v.), and Hunnis's Hyve full of hunnye, 1578 (q.v.). Included in the list is a copy of Defoe's Memoirs of a cavalier, [1720] (q.v.) which lacks a lot number and is not mentioned in the sale catalogue. Soane himself attended the fifth day of second part of the sale, making three important purchases: lot 1013, the set of Napoleon medals struck to celebrate people of note, victories and other important events during the Consular and Imperial reign of Napoleon, 1799--1815, for £100 1s.; lot 1014, an album of Indian miniatures and calligraphy now known as 'Sir John Soane's Album' (see SM Concise Catalogue of Drawings, Vol 145), for £21; and lot 1015, a 'Missale Secumdum usum Ecclesae Romanae' bound in blue morocco, identified with a missal of the French School (see SM Concise Catalogue of Drawings, Vol 139), for £54 12s. The annotated copy of the catalogue for the third part of the sale in the British Library records five purchases by Boone, two of which are represented in Soane's library: lot 202, The picture gallery. Containing near two hundred paintings by the most distinguished ladies in Great Britain, 1780 (q.v.) for 3s. and lot 282, Ray's Compleat collection of English proverbs, 1768 (q.v.) for 10s. 6d., both bought for Soane on 27 May 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.5). No purchases by Soane or Boone are recorded at the fourth and final part of the sale. BM, English Book Sales, pp. 153--155.

Copy Notes Unannotated. Uncut edges. Bound (4) in a collection of book sale catalogues by R.H. Evans.

Binding Recent olive green binder's cloth, gilt-lettered spine, numbered '71' in a series of sale catalogue volumes. Bound February 1925.

Reference Number 5169


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