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Robert HOE [Bibliophile]

CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF ROBERT HOE of New York. Illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, historical bindings, early english literature, rare americana, french illustrated books, eighteenth century english authors, autographs, manuscripts, etc. To be sold by auction beginning on monday, april 24, 1911 by Anderson Auction Company, New York. Part four to be sold by auction beginning monday, november 11, 1912. 

Anderson Auction Company, New York, 1911-1912

8 parties en 4 volumes in-8 (23 x 15 cm), 550/600 pages par volume, plus de 14.000 notices de livres rares. 120 planches photographiques hors-texte (reliures, pages de titre).

Exemplaire anciennement relié, sans reliure, corps d'ouvrage prêt à recevoir une reliure à la bradel (la reliure ancienne était très usagée et a été soigneusement retirée). Tête des volumes dorée. Complet. Bien complet de la liste des prix imprimée et reliée à la fin de chaque volume.

In 1884 Hoe and eight other bibliophiles formed the Grolier Club and " . . .[a]t an early meeting Hoe was elected the club's first president. . . . In the matter of the disposition of his libary, Hoe formed a careful plan. He was appalled at the condition of some of the institutional libraries he had seen in Europe and determined that his own books should not meet that fate. Arrangements leading up to the auction at the Anderson Auction Company in New York were elaborate. The annotated catalogues were done by talented bibliographer Arthur Swann and carried a special foreword by Hoe's friend and notable collector Beverley Chew. The lavish offerings attracted Ludwig Baer from Frankfurt, Théophile Belin of Paris, and Maggs and Quaritch from London. The record-breaking prices paid by the glamorous bidders were reported as news events in the daily press. George D. Smith seized top honors buying for Henry E. Huntington. He obtained the Gutenberg Bible on vellum for $50,000, the 'tall copy' of the first Shakespeare folio for $13,000, and the 'Book of St. Albans' for $13,000. John Pieerpont Morgan was able to get Morte d'Arthur for $42,800, and Quaritch bought the paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible for $27,500. . . . When the last session was over in November 1912, the sale total reached an unprecidented $1,932,000, a record that held until the Thomas W. Streeter sale of 1966. Hoe's importance as a collector can be explained in terms of his broad approach to fine printing and literature. His resourcefulness produced a library that, according to Chew, was 'the finest the country has ever contained.'" (Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors, New York, 1986, 160-162). 

Une des plus importante bibliothèque de bibliophile dispersée au début du XXe siècle.

Documentation de premier ordre.


Bibliothèque Robert Hoe. Catalogue. 1911-1912. 8 parties en 4 volumes

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