Manuscript draft of the Bibliotheca Spenceriana

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 68
  • Dates of Creation
      Early 19th Century [c 1802-1809]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      335 x 210 mm. 4 volumes (441 folios, 570 folios, 490 folios, 610 folios); Binding: half-bound in tan calf (rebacked), marbled paper-covered boards.

Scope and Content

Original holograph manuscript of Dibdin's Bibliotheca Spenceriana, with corrections and notes by the author on where illustrations should be. The text itself contains descriptions of the books and manuscripts of the Library of the Earls Spencer, including transcribed extracts. Also included in the work are various printed insertions of text and illustrations from contemporary publications. Two indexes of books are provided at the end of Volume 4: one is arranged by the name of the printer; the other, where the name of the printer is unknown, is arranged by author.