[ James Robson, London printer and bookseller. ] [ A catalogue, of a most curious and valuable collection of books, in all languages and sciences; including the library of Dr. D. Burton [...] and many others.

James Robson (1733-1806), London printer and bookseller [ Dr. D. Burton ]
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[ London, James Robson & Co. 1776. Catalogues to be had at Mr. Dodsley's, [...] Mr. Cadell's, [...] Mr. Cater's, [...] Mr. Law's [...] and Mess. Richardson and Urquhart, [...] Mess. Merrill, and Woodyer, Cambridge; Prince, and Fletcher, Oxford […]. ]
SKU: 20285

198 + [2]pp., 8vo. Saddle-stitched and without covers. Worn and lacking the four pages of prelims (title supplied from COPAC), and with damage to the first four leaves (scarcely affecting the text). For information on Robson, whose shop was fashionably located in New Bond Street, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. It was Robson who made the trip to Venice in 1788 to purchase the celebrated library of Cardinal Pinelli. Full-page index at rear, with page of publisher's advertisements on the reverse, including works of horticulture and 'Books just imported from Venice'. (The first book on the page, advertised as being published 'In a few days', is 'Some Memoirs of the Life and Works of George Edwards', which dates the catalogue to 1776.) 6610 items, arranged by format (folio, quarto, octavo, duodecimo), with each section subdivided into topics. For example, the first four of the fifteen topics of the Folio section are: 'Books of Prints, from the Galleries and Cabinets of the Curious, in various Languages', 'Atlasses, books of Maps, Architecture', 'Curious and valuable Books upon Imperial and Royal Paper, various Languages' and 'Books of Natural History, finely coloured, Husbandry, Gardening, &c. various languages. Folio and Quarto'. Now scarce.