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William Amhurst Tyssen Amherst

(1835—1909) book collector


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Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, he collected incunabula, including seventeen Caxtons, bindings, English bibles, ecclesiastical history, and Egyptian papyri. Much of his collection was sold at auction (seebook auctions) just before and just after his death at Sotheby's between 3 December 1908 and 24 March 1909 for £32,592. His Caxtons were sold privately to J. P. Morgan for £24,000.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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