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John Roland Abbey

(1894—1969) book collector


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He amassed important collections of bindings, fine press volumes, and colour-plate books before turning to illuminated MSS. He acquired the C. H. St John Hornby collection in 1946 en bloc for £40,000 and added to it extensively. After his death, 184 of his medieval and Renaissance MSS were dispersed at auction sales (seebook auctions) at Sotheby's between 1970 and 1989.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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