The Consummate Collector

The Consummate Collector

William Beckford's Letters to his Bookseller

Hardback286pp Illustrated

9781781553268     Product Code: 225706


This volume of over 350 letters written by William Beckford (1760-1844) to his bookseller George Clarke between 1830 and 1834 gives a vivid picture of the insatiable connoisseur in the act of gathering his extraordinary collection of printed books. The correspondence is the most complete documentary record of Beckford's libraries, both at Fonthill Abbey and in Bath, but also illuminates the contemporary world of the London book trade, wealthy collectors, publishers and auction houses.

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