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Castle Freke – Carbery Collection

Collection of Books and Art with a relation to Castle Freke. Some of the books being from the historical library of Castle Freke with the original Exlibris / Bookplate / Some of the books from the libraries and private collections of relatives to the Freke Family / Some of the books by famous writer Mary Carbery, wife of Algernon [″Algy”] William George Evans-Freke, 9th Baron Carbery of Castle Freke, County Cork, Ireland, until his death in 1898.

Gilpin / Castle Freke Library - Observations Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776

6. Gilpin, William. [Castle-Freke Library Bookplates]

Collection of four Volumes (bound in two) by Gilpin – All from the historical library at Castle Freke (Castlefreke, West Cork / Ireland). The Volumes include: I. & II. Observations Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain; particularly the High-Lands of Scotland. [Second Edition, with an “Account of the Prints” bound to the rear] / III. Observations on the River Wye and several Parts of South Wales &c. relative chiefly to Picturesque Beauty; Made in the summer of the Year 1770 (Third Edition). / IV. An Essay on Prints – [″The chief intention of the following work was to put the elegant amusement of collecting prints, on a more rational footing; by giving the unexperienced collector a few principles and cautions to assist him”] (Fourth Edition with the printed dedication “To the Honorable Horace Walpole in Deference to his Taste in the Polite Arts; and the Valuable Researches he has made to improve them; the following work is inscribed by his most obedient and very humble servant, William Gilpin”). [Volumes I & II with 40 original illustrations and vintage 18th century maps [correctly 39 illustrations and one table], for example of Loch Lomond and the Firth of Forth/ all illustrations are vintage mezzotint-plates].

Mixed Editions. Four Volumes (bound in two). London, Printed for R. Blamire, Strand, 1792. Octavo. Pagination: Volume I: XI, [1], 221 pages with 24 mezzotints / Volume II: 195, XVI pages with 16 mezzotints and an “Account of the Prints” as well as “Translations of Latin Passages” / [Volume III]: [River Wye]: XVI, 152 pages with 16 (of 17) full – page mezzotints / [Volume IV]: [An Essay on Prints]: XIII, [3], 174 pages plus XI pages Index and 1 page Errata. Hardcover / Early 19th century quarter – morocco with gilt lettering and ornament on spine. Both volumes bound in unison. Very good + condition with only minor signs of external wear. Pages 185 – 191 of Volume I with some stronger browning. Otherwise the interior very clean. All mezzotints in very good or even better condition. This is the original copy from the historical Castle-Freke Library in West Cork (Ireland), with two armorial bookplates to front and rear pastedown with the family’s motto ‘Pro Patria’. With two pages of manuscript annotations by a contemporary hand with a reference between the common name “Tarbet” in Scotland and a place-name in County Kerry in Ireland” (pages 13 of Volume II) / another entry is on page 12 of Volume II regarding the name-sake “Loch-Loung” for a Lake of ships in Scotland and Ireland.

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[Freke Family Provenance] / [Jacobo Freke [

9. [Freke Family Provenance] / [Jacobo Freke [″Jacob”] / [Henry Longfield Conner, Manch] Scott, Sir Walter.

Collection of Works by Sir Walter Scott. Armorial Prize bindings with gilted crests to front and rear boards from Trinity-College Dublin, given to First Class Classics – Student [Literis Humanioribus] Jacobo Freke by Vice Provost Henry Wray (signed) between the years 1823 and 1828. The Collection includes: 1. Walter Scott – The Lay of the Last Minstrel – A Poem (The Twelth Edition, London, 1811) / 2. Walter Scott – The Lady of the Lake – A Poem (The Ninth Edition, Edinburgh, 1811 – Plays in the vicinity of Loch Katrine in the Western Highlands of Perthshire / With Notes to the Cantos) / 3. Walter Scott – Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field. (The Seventh Edition, Edinburgh, 1811) / 4. Walter Scott – Rokery – A Poem (The Third Edition, Edinburgh, 1813) / 5. Walter Scott – The Lord of the Isles – A Poem (The Fourth Edition, Edinburgh, 1815). With the handwritten entry on the first page: “The Freke Books were given to me by the last of his daughter’s Sidney – 1936” [Written by Henry Longfield Conner].

Five Volumes. London / Edinburgh, Printed for Longman, Hurst , Rees, Orme and Brown and A.Constable and Co. Edinburgh; By James Ballantyne & Co. Edinburgh, 1811 – 1815. Octavo. 349, 433, 377, CXXVIII, 413, 443 pages. Hardcover / Original full leather in Mylar. Stunning, Armorial Prize bindings with gilted crests to front and rear boards from Trinity-College Dublin: “Reg. Elizabeth Juxta Dublin Coll. Sanctae Individuae Trinitatis”. Bindings worn and slightly cracked but all holding. From the library of Daniel Conner (Connerville / Manch House).

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