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on upper paste-down upper right in ink: 82-61-8(b); center underlined in brown ink: George Penfold; lower center in graphite: the first edition: London [1737-38] / i.e. vol I has Bickham imprint and (ref Grove's Dist.) / vol II has Corbett imprint / ref: Rosenwald: no 1743 / p. 67 Handel; lower paste-down upper right in graphite: 2800 / 400/[2?]; recto page 100 bottom left in brown ink: See page 4 and other side; verso continues: Miss Young the singer of this married Sampe the composer. She had / two sisters one of them, Cecilia married D'Arne. / John Frederick Sampe, the composer of the "Oragon of [?]antly", was a / Sascon. He came to England in 1726 and died in Edinburgh 1757 aged 59

Provenance

George Penfold (signature on paste-down); Marlborough Rare Books; acquired in 1982 by Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, Boston (bookplate); (sale, Christie's New York via Ursus Rare Books, 20 June 2013, no. 400); purchased 2013 by NGA.

Bibliography
1912
Cohen, Henri. Guide de l'amateur de livres a gravures de XVIIIe siecle. 6th edition revised and enlarged by Seymour de Ricci. Paris, 1912: 145-146.
1982
Ray, Gordon N. The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 1700 to 1914. 2 vols. New York: The Pierpont Morgan Library; and Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1982: 38, no. 12.