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which they were collected, were of no ordinary occurrence. I allude to the
£. s. d. No. 1919. A Counter Blaste to Tobacco. Ib. 1604.
0 17 0 No. 1326. Bentley's (Thos.) Monument
of Matrons, containing se-
liam Seres, extremely rare 8 18 6 No. 1334. Bert (Edmund) an approved
Treatise of Hawkes and
Hunting. Lond. 1619 1 10 0 No. 1998. Coverdale's (Myles) Chris
tian's State of Matrimony,
1 1 0 No. 1405. Cokain's (Sir Aston) Poems of
Divers Sorts, rure, (for an
BIBLIOTHECA RATCLIFFIANA; or, · A Catalogue of the elegant and truly
logues, black letter, Lond.
ard Jones, 1584.
4 10 0
Blossomes, black letter, im-
to A.B. C. Lond. 1656. Dr.
ters, by L. G. 1661
improved, 1660 No. 2184. England's Worthies. Portrait
of the Earl of Essex, made
perfect with MS. 1647 No. 2325. Carion (John) the Thre Bokes
of Chronicles, b. I. imp. by
W. Lynne, 1550
gularitie, wherein is com-
4 7 0
2 14 0
S 13 6
4 10 0
valuable Library of John RATCLIFFE, Esq. late of Bermondsey, deceased. The
£. s. de
2 10 0
5 15 6
tle for Nice Noses, by L. F.
black letter, 1591.
Roule, &c, rare, 1651
This Sermon followynge was
whole collected with great judgment and expense, during the last thirty years of his life : comprehending a large and most choice collection of the rare old English black letter, in fine preservation, and in elegant bindings, printed by CAXTON, Lettou, MACHLINIA, the anonymous St. Albans Schoolmaster, Wynkyn de Worde, Pynson, Berthelet, Grafton, Day, Newberie, Marshe, Jugge, Whytchurch, Wyer, Rastell, Coplande, and the rest of the Old English Typographers : several missals and MSS. and two Pedigrees on vellum, finely illuminated.'
The title page then sets forth a specimen of these black-lettered gems; among which our eyes are dazzled with a galaxy of Caxtons, Wynkyn de Wordes, Pynsons, &c. &c. The sale took place on March 27, 1776; although the year is unaccountably omitted, by that renowned Auctioneer, the late Mr. Christie, who disposed of them.
If ever there was a unique collection, this was one-the very essence of Old Divinity, Poetry, Romances, and Chronicles! The articles were only 1675 in number, but their intrinsic value amply compensated for their paucity.
The following is but an inadequate specimen.
£. 3. d. No. 1315. Horace's Arte of Poetrie,
Pistles and Satyres, by
0 16 6 No. 1321. The Sheppearde's Calender,
1579. Whetstone's Castle
1 2 0 No. 1392. The Pastyme of the People*,
printed by Rastell. Curious
4 70 No. 1393. Cronicles of Englande, printed
by CAXTON, fine copy,
5 5 0 No. 1394. Ditto, printed at St. Albans,
1483. Purchased by Dr.
* A copy of this book is not now to be procured. I have known £.40 offered for it, and contemptuously rejected. VOL. II.