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Some English Books with Coloured Plates - Tooley (R.V.) - 1935. 
Ingpen & Grant 1935 - FIRST EDITION, pp. viii, 288, 4to, uncut in the original buff bevel-edged buckram, spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, minor shelf wear, wrinkle at head of spine, good, J.R. Abbey's copy with his large armorial bookplate and copious annotations. J.R. Abbey's copy, extensively and neatly annotated by him. What might be seen as the foundation of his colour plate book collection, it was acquired by Abbey in Great Yarmouth in 1942. Some of his entries are retrospective, but most chronicle a ravenous appetite and a formidable series of acquisitions, up to 1952. He gives the books his own numbers, states what the binding is, how much he paid for it and where he bought it; just occasionally a note such as this, regarding Ackerman's Westminster - 'For fifteen years I looked out for a fine copy . nearly all copies are foxed.' Abbey was assiduous in getting as many formats as possible of each book, Large Paper, uncut, &c, and we can follow his methodical approach here. 'From 1935, with the help of two booksellers, George Stephenson of Messrs Rimell, and later George Bates, of Hove, he collected English colour-plate books of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Here he broke new ground by paying attention to many neglected minor works, to copies in the wrappered parts in which they were issued, and to original condition. The collection, eventually consisting of 1914 items, represented the most creative side of his connoisseurship' (Anthony Hobson in ODNB).
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