The Holkham Library: A History and Description.



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56 colour illustrations, many full page. Pp. xvi, 140. One of 200 ordinary copies. Small folio, original full green buckram. blocked in gilt on upper cover and spine. Presented to the Roxburghe Club by Lord Leicester.

A detailed description and history of one of the world's finest private libraries, much of which was acquired on the Grand Tour of France and Italy by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1697-1759) who built Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The family has added to it and sustained it ever since.The core of the collection concentrates on Renaissance Italy, however a wide variety of interests are represented, for instance there are Sir Edward Coke's 14th century English manuscripts, a remarkable collection of Civil War and Commonwealth pamphlets, some early broadsides of the Virginia Company, and many other varied treasures.

Stock Code: 216684

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