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Bibliotheca Stanleiana. A Splendid Selection - (AUCTION CATALOGUE: STANLEY, Thom - 1813. 
Historyâ¦the Books will be sold by Auction by R.H. Evansâ¦on Friday the 30th of April, and Seven Following Days. 3 p.l., 71,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-diced russia & marbled boards, spine gilt, outer & lower edges uncut. London: 1813. Thomas Stanley (1749-1818), "was a book-lover possessing more knowledge of the contents of his library than many of those who were his contemporaries and juniors. It is refreshing to read the notes in the catalogue of his sale; evidently written by himself, when one has become tired of seeing over and over again the stereotyped inanities of most auction-catalogues. Colonel Stanley lived at a time when Italian literature was in vogue; Don Bowle was an elder contemporary whose example led Mr. Croft and Colonel Stanley to make acquaintance with Castilian books. Many works in the languages of the two peninsulas gave a certain distinction to the small but choice library of Colonel Stanley."-Quaritch, Dictionary, p. 271. This was one of the fine libraries which came onto the market as a result of the bibliomania which was so evident at the Roxburghe sale in 1812. Stanley's library made the very large sum of 8232 pounds. 1136 lots, ruled in red and priced throughout with buyers' names. Heber was a major purchaser at this sale. The first edition of both volumes of Don Quixote made 42 pounds and was purchased by the Duke of Devonshire. Fine copy. ? Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, cols. 584-85. De Ricci, p. 88. Horne, p. 674.
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