Biographical dates - Period of existence1865-1912
Other InformationBookplate (32x74) reading: FROM THE LIBRARY | OF GEORGE DUNN | OF WOOLLEY HALL | NEAR MAIDENHEAD. From the obituary: "The son of Mr George Dunn, of Bath House, Newcastle, he was educated at Beaumont College and Stonyhurst. Though after wards called to the bar he never practised. From his father he inherited large estates in Northumberland and Berkshire [...] The incunabula of which he formed so splendid a collection were for the most part scarce volumes, little known or without the printers' names. He cared far less for the books already prized and described and understood by collectors, as these present few of the problems which it was his delight to solve […] he used to take the books that baffled his researches to Robert Proctor, of the British Museum, whose erudition usually enabled him to clear up any difficulty. After Proctor's untimely death in 1903 Mr. Dunn was compelled to pursue his investigations unaided, with the result that he became the best authority on the subject in England, and was appealed to for information by the officials of the British Museum and other great libraries. He succeeded Proctor as anonymous editor of the Type Facsimile Society's portfolios, and in 1899 and the following years he issued privately a series of full-sized photographs taken by himself from the pages of upwards of 400 fifteenth-century books in his collection, none of which had been previously reproduced. [...] Mr. Dunn made an extensive collection of English legal manuscripts and documents, but the manuscripts for which he cared most were those of monastic provenance not later in date than the thirteenth century.' ('The Tablet' (p. 15), article signed R.I.P.: http://archive.thetablet.co.uk/article/16th-march-1912/15/obituary). Dunn's collection was sold at 4 auctions at Sotheby's between 1913 and 1917; the first portion (jurisprudence) was bought en bloc by the Harvard Law School. (Catalogue of the Valuable and Extensive Library Formed by George Dunn, Esq. (deceased) of Woolley Hall, near Maidenhead (London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 11-14 Feb. 1913, 2-6 Feb. 1914, 9-10 Dec. 1915, 22 Nov. 1917); F. Jenkinson, A List of the Incunabula Collected by George Dunn Arranged to Illustrate the History of Printing, Oxford, 1923; Seymour de Ricci, 1960, pp. 182-183; Bod-Inc Index of Provenances: http://incunables.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/provenance/; BL Clark's slips) [Created by A. Panzanelli].
IV: p. 49: IC.17669; p. 79: IA.18284;
BMC V: p. 159: IB.19543c; p. 223: IB.20198; p. 231: IC.20238; p. 245: IA.20493; p. 246: IA.20561; IB.20565; p. 293: IB.21227; p. 319: IB.21869; p. 327: IC.21425; p. 424: IC.23346; p. 447: IB.22960p. 450: IB.22977; p. 582: IA.25037;
p. 603: IA.25628; p. 610: IA.25687; p. 656: IA.27460; p. 663: IA.27523; p. 701: IA.26106; IA.26107; p. 713: IB.25965; p. 719: IA.26043; p. 741: IC.26344; p. 743: IA.26370; p. 748: IB.26458a; p. 802: IC.28606; p. 811: IC.28590-92; p. 812: IB.28597; p. 833: IA.28845; p. 855: IC.29313; p. 863: IC.29412; p. 867: IA.29469; p. 872: IA.29541; p. 876: IC.32700; p. 879: IA.32710;
BMC VII: p. 918: IC.29952; p. 939: IC.30220; p. 957: IB.30822; p. 969: IA.31090a; p. 1000: IC.31383; p. 1001: IC.31380; p. 1005: IB.31419; p. 1017: IC.31605; p. 1023: IB.29605; p. 1096: IC.34425; p. 1129: IA.18037; p. 1131: IA.18927.
MARC Area Codee-uk
Note on the geographic regionWoolley Hall near Maidenhead
PlaceWoolley Green (Berkshire) (Geonames Id: 2655856)
Profession / Type of InstitutionScholar
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