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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Separated material
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of early printing fragments originally from the Huth Library
    Dates (inclusive): 1492-approximately 1690
    Bulk dates: 1500-1575
    Collection Number: 131401:01-131401:53
    Extent: 2 boxes (approximately 104 items)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: Rare Books Department
    Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: 626-405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Collection of early printing fragments orginally from the Huth Library contains leaves from early English books printed in London from 1492 to 1575 and other fragments of early printing up to the 1690s
    Language: English.
    Finding aid last updated on April 7, 2017.

    Administration Information


    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org. 

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Call number].Collection of early printing fragments originally from the Huth library, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    This collection was purchased from Sotheby. Huth library sale, Part III, Lot 3025 in June 1913.

    Biographical Note about Henry and Alfred Henry Huth

    Henry Huth (1815-1878) was an English merchant banker and a prominent bibliophile. He purchased items at nearly all the important sales throughout the latter half of the 19th century and and made the rounds of London bookdealers up until the day of his death. He was a memeber of the Philobiblion Society and the Roxburghe Club and published several works based on his own collection. Upon his death in 1878 his library passed to his second son Albert Henry Huth (1850-1910). The younger Huth was an author and prominent bilbiophile in his own right and continued to care for his and his father's collections. After his death in 1910 the library was sold off.

    Biographical Note about Sir John Fenn

    Sir John Fenn (1739-1794) was an English antiquary. He assisted in cataloging the manuscript collection of his friend and fellow antiquary, Thomas Martin of Palgrave, after the latter's death. He is best known for his edition of The Paston Letters.

    Additional catalog records

    38 of these items have also been individually cataloged and can be retrieved by doing a title search for "Collection of early printing fragments originally from the Huth library" in the Huntington Online Catalog.  

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains early printing fragments. The majority are leaves from early English books printed in London from 1492 to 1575, including items by Richard Pynson and Wynkyn de Worde. Printing from Edinburgh, the Netherlands, and Mallorca is also included, as well as two groups of 17th-century title pages (RB 131401:49) and miscellaneous frontispieces and engravings (RB 131401:50a). Originally bound in a folio scrapbook with Huth ex-libris, bound by Riviere in 3/4 red morocco with marbled endpapers, with some fragments laid in. In the late 1920s this was disbound and housed in boxes. The Huth library bookplate was preserved and housed in Box 1; whereabouts of the earlier binding is unknown.

    Separated material

    Item no. 19, the Jesus Psalter. At Doway for Iohn Heighman, Anno 1618, was removed and sold separately. See Huth sales catalog, Part VI, lot 6035 (sale July 1917). This has been cataloged separately as RB 61832  


    The collection is arranged in rough chronological order and appears to reflect the original order as received from the Huth library. See Henry Huth. Catalogue of the famous library ... collected by Henry Huth, 1913, Part III, lot 3025.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Huth Library
    Early printed books -- Specimens.
    Printing -- England --Early works to 1800.
    Printing -- Scotland --Early works to 1800.
    Printing -- Netherlands --Early works to 1800.


    The following is list of persons represented in the collection.
    Pynson, Richard, -1530.
    Worde, Wynkyn, de,-1534?
    Huth, Alfred Henry, 1850-1910.
    Huth, Henry, 1815-1878.
    Fenn, John, 1739-1794.
    Huth Library