DescriptionCharles Fairfax Murray. Catalogo Dei Libri Posseduti Da Charles Fairfax Murray. London: Privately printed [by Officina Poligrafica Romana, Rome,] 1899. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. First Edition. 4to. 410, (1)p. Modern red morocco with gilt borders, floral gilt design to spine and title in gilt at head of spine. Original paper boards bound-in. Original front cover (bound-in) with tear, repaired. Text is in fine condition. A very nice copy. Scarce. Only 50 copies printed. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Descriptions of 2382 books, mostly pertaining to Italy. Very rare catalogue of early printed books and the most elusive of the Fairfax-Murray collection.
The private library catalogue of the Italian books collected by Charles Fairfax Murray. Murray "succeeded, although without any large means of his own, in accumulating collections which had cost him something like half a million sterling, paintings, drawings (which he sold en bloc to the late J. Pierpont Morgan), illuminated manuscripts (mostly donated to the Fitzwilliam Museum or sold to Mr. C. W. Dyson Perrins) and, above all, books of every description. A friend of William Morris and Burne Jones, he owned the finest set of Kelmscott books in any library. His collections of early German, French, and especially Italian books, were among the largest and choicest in private hands" (De Ricci, pp. 177-80).
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