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The Harleian Miscellany

Or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious; and Entertaining Pamphlets and Tracts as well in Manuscript as in Print, Found in the Late Earl of Oxford's Library

By [W. Oldys]

1744-1746- London- T. Osborne

10" by 7.5"; xvi, viii, 608; xii, 612; xii, 556; xii, 572; xii, 576; xii, 584; xii, 608; xii, 612pp





An attractive and scarce eight volume set of the Harleian Miscellany.

The first edition, without the title to introduction by Samuel Johnson.

Complete in 8 volumes.

Interspersed with historical, political and critical notes with a table of contents and an index.

From the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist. With the Selbourne Library stamps to each volume.

The Harleian Miscellany is a collection of material from the library of the Earl of Oxford, edited by William Oldys and Samuel Johnson between on behalf of the publisher Thomas Osborne.

The source library for this miscellany is the combined library of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and his son Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford. Robert Harley was a noted bibliophile and patron of the arts. His personal library collected and preserved literature from many different eras such as Renaissance, Anglo-Saxon and Middle English. His son, Edward Harley, was also a noted bibliophile. Their combined collection, known as the Harleian Collection, is now in the British Library.



Rebacked in calf gilt with mottled calf boards. Externally, smart with some rubbing to extremties and joints. Front joint starting to volume I. Heavier wear to tail of spine of volume VI.  Lyme bookplate to front pastedown all volumes. From the library of Hugh Selbourne with Selbourne Library label to pastedowns and stamps to verso of title pages. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean. Occasional patches of spotting heavier to volume VI, VII and VIII. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED


Price: £4,500.00

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