Biographical dates - Period of existence1791 - 1851
Other InformationThomas Thorpe the Elder, born 1791, died 17 Feb. 1851; baker; London bookseller; father of Thomas Thorpe the Younger who was a librarian to Christie-Miller and died in Mar. 1874. London bookseller, Bedford Street; from 1836, 178 Piccadilly; 13 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. One of the main London booksellers from the early 1820s until his death; particularly noted for dealing in early manuscripts. See Munby, Phillipps Studies, III 45 and ad indicem; some of his books were sold by the receivers as Catalogue of Splendid, Rare and Curious books Selected from the Stock of Mr. Thorpe (London: Evans, 28 Apr. 1826); Catalogue of a Valuable and Interesting Collection of Books... (London: S. Sotheby, 28 Apr. 1826); A Catalogue of a Singularly Curious and Extensive Collection of Books (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1827); Catalogue of a Very Choice Collection of Books... (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1832); Catalogue of a Singularly Choice Selection of Rare Books... (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1833); Catalogue of the Most Splendid and Interesting Collection of Rare and Useful Books (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1834), part II; Catalogue of an Excellent and Splendid Collection of Books (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1834), part V; Catalogue of the Most Extensive, Valuable and Truly Interesting Collection of Curious Books... (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1842); Supplement to a General Catalogue of .. Books (London: Thomas Thorpe, 1842); also `Wise's 1st [2nd] sale of Thorpe's books', referred to in Financial Statements 1828-32; 1837-40 (Library Records b. 4), no. 16, `Books purchased by the Librarian', although there seems to be some confusion with books bought via Talboys at a sale in Florence.
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Profession / Type of InstitutionBooktrade
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