The library of the Irish judge William O’Brien (1832-1899) is a microcosm of the late nineteenth-century taste for book collecting. There are medieval manuscripts, about 100 incunabula, numerous Aldine editions as well as three Shakespeare folios, a number of sixteenth-century English books and some fine collected works of English literature. This short lecture will introduce both the collector and the collection, which has been undisturbed for over a century. Peter Selley, Sotheby’s auctioneer and head of the English literature and history sales, and Charlotte Miller, specialist in early printing and continental books, will discuss a number of the highlights.
There will be time for viewing after the talk.