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VAN DER DOORT, Abraham (d. 1640)
A catalogue and description of King Charles the First's capital collection of pictures, limnings, statues, bronzes, medals, and other curiosities; now first published from original manuscript in the Ashmolean Musæum at Oxford. The whole transcribed and prepared for the press, and a great part of it printed, by the late ingenious Mr. Vertue, and now finished from his papers.
London: printed for W. Bathoe, at his circulating library, 1757.
[2], iv, 202 p. ; 24.2 cm. (4º)

Compiled by Abraham Van Der Doort, Keeper of the King's pictures. Edited with an Advertisement by Horace Walpole. The text is based on two manuscripts by Van Der Doort in the Bodleian Library at Oxford: MS. Ashmole 1514 and MS. Ashmole 1513. See O. Millar (ed.), Abraham van der Doort's Catalogue of the collections of Charles I (Walpole Society; vol. 37, 1960). The manuscripts were transcribed and prepared for the press by George Vertue, being partly printed off before Vertue's death in July 1756 (p. i). Bathoe bought the manuscript at the Vertue sale on 18 March 1757, together with those of the catalogues of the collections of James II and the Duke of Buckingham which were published in the following year, also with introductions by Walpole. The Soane copy of the present work has inserted after Walpole's Advertisement 8 pages of 'Pictures Belonging To King Charles the First At His Several Palaces, Appraised; And Most of them Sold by the Council of State', signed A--B2 (ESTC t70681). This inventory, originally drawn up in 1649, was probably printed soon after the Catalogue had been completed. Bathoe's advertisement printed at the end of the Catalogue of the Duke of Buckingham's pictures published in 1758 (q.v.) lists a 'Second Edition. With the Addition of the Valuation of the Pictures ... and the Prices that the capital Pictures, &c. were valued at & sold for'. However, no such "second edition" has been traced, and Hazen suggests that the inventory on 1649 was merely inserted in unsold copies of the first edition. See A.T. Hazen, A bibliography of Horace Walpole (New Haven 1948), 43; A.T. Hazen, A catalogue of Horace Walpole's Library (London 1969), 2479 (1). ESTC t70680.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on verso of front free-endpaper Collated perfect. 3 Catalogues in one vol 2-12.6. Bound in a volume with the catalogues of the collections of James II (q.v.) and the Duke of Buckingham (q.v.). The volume was bought from Thomas Boone for 16s. 0d., 15 May 1804. (Archives 7/13/5). Marginal note in ink on p. 55.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red spine-label. Later numbered '14' in a series of sale catalogue volumes.

Reference Number 4945


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