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Wrenn, John Henry (collector). Wrenn, Harold B. (compiler). Wise, Thomas J. (compiler)
A Catalogue of the Library of the late John Henry Wrenn [...] edited by Thomas J. Wise
Austin, Texas: [Printed by E.T. Heron, and Co., for] The University of Texas at Austin, 1920. Austin, Texas: [Printed by E.T. Heron, and Co., for] The University of Texas at Austin, 1920. First Edition. Near Fine. 5 vols., 8vo. Frontispiece portrait of Wrenn by Emery Walker, 12, 315 pp.; 4 ff. (first blank), 293 pp., 1 f. (blank); 4 ff. (first blank), 307 pp.; 4 ff. (first blank), 280 pp.; 4 ff. (first blank), 187, 16 pp. (Addenda), 2 ff. (last blank). Original buckram (spines very slightly darkened), top edges gilt, others untrimmed, cloth inner hinges as issued (offset onto pastedowns as is true in all copies). Inside the front cover of each volume is affixed the bookplate of John Henry Wrenn (engraved by J.F. Badhey). Beautiful, unopened copy. Edition limited to 120 copies, ours is unnumbered and is preserved is the freshest possible condition, the smooth thick paper bone white and glowingly bright, and the bindings without defect. It is difficult to believe that these five important "reference books" are 100 years old yet have never been read or even opened. If we ever find another set, it could not be better than this one in terms of condition. This is one of rarest, most significant, and most exacting catalogues of an American private library. John Henry Wrenn (1841-1911) was an extremely successful Chicago banker and stock-broker. About 80 percent of Wrenn's superb collection of English literature was supplied by Thomas J. Wise. The library consisted of approximately 6,000 volumes and contained complete, or nearly complete, runs of Pope, Defoe, Swift, Fielding, Gol … [Click Below for Full Description]
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