Scope and Content
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
2 boxes (approximately 104 items)
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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
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[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"
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.
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
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.
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.