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Gatty, Charles T.
Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum, including the Mather Collection of Miniatures and Medals Relating to the Bonaparte Family.

Liverpool Gilbert G. Walmsley: 1883.

An elegant catalog of Medieval manuscripts, ivory carvings, jet carvings, enamels, coins, seals and niello, Medieval and "modern" oriental, Venetian, German, Spanish, French and English glass later enamels French Revolutionary and First Empire badges and medals Wedgwood medallions illustrating the French Revolution and the Mather Collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family. The illustrated plates show the Medieval manuscripts and ivories, and some enamels, miniatures and Bonaparte items. Joseph Mayer [1803-1886] was one of the preeminent antiquarians of the 19th century, and a major benefactor to the cultural life of his adopted home, Liverpool. A goldsmith and jeweler by trade, collected a vast range of antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, and other objects, and also wrote several books on antiquarian subjects. He was a founder and benefactor to both the Liverpool Museum and the Liverpool Public Library, and most of his collections were eventually donated to the two institutions. Uncommon.

Hardcover. 9"x11.5", viii + 108, i, iii pages, plus 16 b/w plates. Original red-brown cloth with paper spine label, covers somewhat worn and soiled, a bit faded along the extremities and spine spine label soiled and chipped a bit frayed at the tips and spine head. Contents with a little soil, small paper label of the Burlington Fine Arts Club.

Inventory #: 31029
Price: $ 350.00      

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