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Henry Yates Thompson

(1838—1928) collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor


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Thompson’s most notable acquisition was of the Ashburnham ‘Appendix’, much of which he subsequently sold, limiting his collection to 100 illuminated MSS. Many of these were sold in a series of book auctions at Sotheby's, mainly between 1919 and 1921. His wife bequeathed 46 MSS to the British Museum (seebritish library) that now form the Yates Thompson collection.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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