Title: Catalogue of the very select and valuable library of William Roscoe, Esq. : which will be sold by auction by Mr. Winstanley at his rooms in Marble Street, Liverpool, on Monday the 19th of August, and thirteen following days (Sundays excepted) : the sale to begin at eleven o’clock precisely.
Published:[Liverpool?] : [Thomas Winstanley and Son?], 1816 (London : J. M’Creery)
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“Well! but I begin to be ashamed of my magnificence; Strawberry is growing sumptuous in its latter day…In truth, my collection was too great already to be lodged humbly; it has extended my walls, and pomp followed. It was a neat little house, it now will be a comfortable one, and except one fine apartment, does not deviate from its simplicity. Adieu! I know nothing about the world, care nothing about the world, and am only Strawberry’s and
“Collections seldom sell for what they cost an[d] when once sold and dispersed, most of the articles perish or are sold for next to nothing. The chief utility of collections consists in their being kept together where they may be consulted. When they are scattered they become no better than the scattered leaves of a book. This is particularly the case with respect to libraries and collections in natural history: nay, of portraits too, more liable to be undervalued and the names to be forgotten or misapplied.”
Horace Walpole to the Earl of Buchan, Sunday 2 June 1782