THE ASHLEY LIBRARY: A Catalogue of Printed Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters, Complete in 11 Volumes. Thomas J. Wise.

THE ASHLEY LIBRARY: A Catalogue of Printed Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters, Complete in 11 Volumes

Folkestone and London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1971. Hardcover. Reprint, with a new preface by Simon Nowell-Smith, Past President of The Bibliographical Society. Recognized as one of the most important collections of 19th century English literary manuscripts, the Ashley Library was collected by the bibliographer, collector, forger, and thief Thomas James Wise (1859-1937) and spans the period from Coleridge to Conrad, with an emphasis on poetical manuscripts and the correspondence of writers, critics, collectors, and bibliographers. It is especially strong in manuscripts of the Younger Romantics and of the Pre-Raphaelites, together with Swinburne. The library was sold to the British Museum by Wise's widow in 1937. Illustrated. Small quarto, eleven volumes. Full cream cloth bindings, with gilt stamping. The spines are lightly faded; otherwise a very good set. Very good. Item #74279

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