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[CHIFFINCH (WILLIAM) & VERTUE (George)]. A Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures, &c. Belonging to King James the Second; To which is added, a Catalogue of the Pictures and Drawings in the Closet of the late Queen Caroline, with their exact Measures; and also of the Principal Pictures in the Palace at Kensington.1758

London: Printed for W. Bathoe, at his Circulating Library, First edition, 4to (225 x 180 mm), iv, 144, 51, [1]pp., with the final advert leaf, 4 double-page engraved plans of the Pictures at Kensington, unobtrusive small neat repairs to gutter margin of first 5 leaves, faint ink stamp to lower blank margin of title page, endpapers renewed, recent green cloth. "The catalogue was made by William Chiffinch, and prepared for the press by Vertue. Vertue himself made the Catalogue of Queen Caroline's pictures, which are part of this volume."—Hazen. Vertue had planned to publish the catalogue but died before it went to press. The publisher Bathoe bought the manuscript of this Catalogue together with those of the catalogues of the collections of Charles I and the Duke of Buckingham at the Vertue sale on 18 March 1757. He then prepared it for press with Horace Walpole contributing the short introduction. Hazen, A Bibliography of Horace Walpole. 44.

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