Treasures from Lord Fairhaven's Library at Anglesey Abbey
Authors: Mark Purcell, David Pearson and William Hale
Publisher/Date: United Kingdom; Scala Publishers (c. 2013)
Format/Condition: New paperback book with French flaps in Near Fine condition: front cover lightly rubbed. 160 pages, index; 9 x 10 1.2 inches. Profusely illustrated in color with some black-and-white.
Description: The vaulted library at Anglesey Abbey contains over 5,000 books collected by Anglo-American Huttleston Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven in the mid-twentieth century. As well as tracing how the Fairhaven millions were made, this book features 50 examples of Lord Fairhaven’s collection, highlighting his particular enthusiasm for fine bindings and color plate books, principally from the late eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It includes within it an astounding cabinet des livres, consisting of approximately 200 fine color plate books, fine bindings, extra illustrated books and private press books. The majority of these books have never been seen in public. They have been described as among the finest copies in existence of some of the grandest books ever produced.
Unexpected items include an autograph manuscript of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers, a ticket to a Victorian royal wedding and a first edition of Ian Fleming’s 'You Only Live Twice.'
Written by National Trust Libraries Curator, Mark Purcell, Director of the Guildhall Library, David Pearson and Cambridge University Library's William Hale, this book includes details of superb botanical, topographical, architectural and costume books, atlases, as well as a selection of some of the finest bookbindings made in England between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. 'Treasures from Lord Fairhaven's Library at Anglesy Abbey' introduces one of the most remarkable book collections of the twentieth century, setting into a broad context one of National Trust's most splendid and most inaccessible collections.
Co-author Mark Purcell said: “Many of our libraries were collected over hundreds of years - but the library at Anglesey Abbey was collected over a relatively short period from 1926 until Lord Fairhaven’s death in 1966, and reflects a man of considerable wealth who could buy anything which took his eye”.