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The consummate collector : William Beckford's letters to his bookseller

Author: William Beckford; Robert J Gemmett
Publisher: Wilby, Norwich : Michael Russell, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Letter : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of over 350 unpublished letters, written by William Beckford to his bookseller George Clarke over the years 1830 to 1834, gives a vivid picture of the exigent connoisseur in the act of gathering the books and manuscripts that ultimately became part of the library of the Duke of Hamilton, sold in 1882. They also shed light on the negotiations with the London publisher Richard Bentley for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beckford, William, 1760-1844.
Consummate collector.
Wilby, Norwich : Michael Russell, 2000
(OCoLC)606442667
Named Person: William Beckford; George Clarke; George Clarke; William Beckford; George Clarke
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Beckford; Robert J Gemmett
ISBN: 0859552527 9780859552523
OCLC Number: 47767115
Description: 336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: edited with introduction and notes by Robert J. Gemmett.

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"This collection of over 350 unpublished letters, written by William Beckford to his bookseller George Clarke over the years 1830 to 1834, gives a vivid picture of the exigent connoisseur in the act of gathering the books and manuscripts that ultimately became part of the library of the Duke of Hamilton, sold in 1882. They also shed light on the negotiations with the London publisher Richard Bentley for the publication of Italy, with Sketches of Spain and Portugal and trace the anxiety Beckford experienced in his fruitless efforts to sell the Episodes of Vathek. As the correspondence progresses, the letters become more colourful and wide-ranging, supplementing their great bibliophilic interest with glimpses of personalities and issues of the day. The editor's explanatory notes are pertinent and comprehensive, illuminating both Beckford's enthusiasms and his distinctive ebullience of expression."--Jacket.

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