John Barbour (about 1320 - 1395)

The Life and Acts of the Most Victorious Conqueror Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, with the acts and deeds of the most famous and valiant champion, Sir William Wallace, Knight of Ellerslie, 1758

Ink on paper


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Presidents and Statesmen Case



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[2], 443,[1]p. ; 4°.


Collection of Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st marquess of Hastings, 2nd earl of Moira (1754-1826), British soldier and colonial administrator.
Collection of author and collector Gerald E. Hart (1849-1936), Montreal.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner at the Hart sale from the auctioneers and appraisers Charles F. Libbie and Co., Boston for $4.50 on 15 April 1890, lot 117..


Inscribed (page 9): Earl of Moira's autograph.


Charles F. Libbie and Co. Catalogue of the Library, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Maps and Prints Forming the Collection of Gerald E. Hart, esq., of Montreal, to be sold by auction, Apr. 15th to 19th, 1890, Charles F. Libbie & co., auctioneers (Boston, 1890), p. 11.

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