Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of the Duc: Skinner & Co. Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of the Duc: Skinner & Co.

Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of the Duc

Skinner & Co.

Publication Date: 1786
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(PORTLAND MUSEUM). Skinner & Co. A Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of the Duchess Dowager of Portland . which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Skinner and Co. . 1786. London, 1786. 4to. viii, [3]-194 p. Engraved frontis. Neat modern quarter calf. Lightly foxed throughout, and a bit heavier on the first and last few leaves, but a very good copy. An important auction catalogue consisting chiefly of natural history specimens, many of which had been collected by Cook from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, &c. Just over 4000 lots were dispersed in the course of 38 sessions. "Shells, Corals, Petrefactions, Minerals, eggs of Birds &c." were on the block. The frontispiece is a wonderful view of highlights of the collection, formed by Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, second duchess of Portland (1714-1785), with pride of place given to the monumental vase today known as the Portland vase and now in the British Museum. Many of the natural history specimens were given to the duchess by Sir Joseph Banks. This copy is numbered 267 in a contemporary hand. Forbes 116. Bookseller Inventory # 13545

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Publication Date: 1786

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