Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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Book of swan-marks

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000141
16th century

Pen and ink on vellum. Bound in calf.
25.5 x 20 cm.
Horace Walpole's book plate is in volume 4
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. 49 2601

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Library

1774 Description: Curious books in the glass closet in the library…Two books of swan-marks, on vellum: extremely rare. (51)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (38)

Sale Text: Two books of Swanmark's, 8vo, bound in vellum, and extremely rare.

Object History

Provenance: By 1774, Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 6, lot 8, bt Boone [for Lord Derby], £8.8.0; 1953 October 19, Christie's, Knowsley Hall Sale, lots 98-99 (2 vols), bt Maggs for W. S. Lewis; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, no. 82.

Bibliography: Library 2601
A. R. A. Hobson, Book Collector XVI (Winter 1967), 509-10 (binding only).