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Collins's Families of Vere, Cavendish, &c. folio, 1762 .. 119
Dance of Death (The History of)
des Morts, 1744, &c.
Drayton's (M.) Poly Olbion.....
Queen Elizabeth's Prayer, or Booke of Christian Praier: 27
Fazio Dita Mundi, 1474 ..
&c. 4to. 1591, &c.
Grimstone's (Lord) Lawyer's Fortune....
Rabutin, (Bussy) Hist. Amoureuse des Gaules
A Bibliomaniac's Library.
Virgilii Opera. Folio. Printed by Sweynheim and Pannartz
at Rome: 1469. Of this edition of the Mantuan Bard, which Beloe calls Editio Princeps, he, in his Anecdotes of Literature, vol. i. p. 85, tells the following amusing anecdote.
“ It seems that a copy was discovered in a Monastery in Suabia, whence it has found its way into the collection of a Noble Earl. The anecdote which belongs to it is rather ludicrous. The good Monks to whom this and other valuable books belonged were not, it seems, to be prevailed upon by money to part with them. It happened however that they were remarkably fond of old Hock, and for as much of this same hock as was worth seven guineas, they parted with this Virgil to a kind friend and acquaintance. This gentleman
sold it again to an English dealer in books for £50, and doubtless believed he had turned his Hock to very good account. I have nevertheless heard that the nobleman above alluded to did not obtain possession of this literary treasure for a less sum than £400.”
See the Valliere Catalogue, No. 2432, where it sold for 4101 livres.
Bury (Richardi de) Phylobiblion de querimoniis Librorum
omnibus literarum amatoribus perutile. 4to. Spiræ. 1473. Ditto. (Said to be prior to the edition above cited.) 4to.
The Oxford Edition, 1599, is most known in this country, but is rare, like most of the other Editions.
Copies of this curious book may be found in most of our Public Libraries.
The learned and munificent Prelate, whose paternal name was Richard de Aungerville, but which he altered upon taking religious orders to that of De Bury, from the place of his nativity, founded a Public Library at Oxford,* for the benefit of the Students : having furnished it with the best collection of Books then in England, he wrote his Philobiblion, a Treatise containing Rules for the management of the Library, how the Books were to be preserved, and on what conditions lent out to the Scholars. It is written, according to Horne,t
Chalmers is in error when he says it was at Cambridge.
+ Introduction to Bibliography, vol. i. P. 518.