Earl’s book store

March 2007 Sotheby’s auction house opens the Earl’s Macclesfield library sale.
One of the most wonderful British private libraries, that includes about 12 000 books and manuscripts, is estimated in more than £10 000 000.

The decision to sale this collection was caused by Macclesfield family’s court case. As a result the Earl’ relatives insisted the Court made him and the countess leave the ancestral Medieval castle Shirbirn in Oxfordshir by the August 2007. It is interesting that Macclesfield “clan” have been settled there since 1716.

The Earl’s new house cannot fit all the books. That is why he asked Sotheby’s to sell “extra” items.

When Sotheby’s experts came to estimate this extremely reach and little known collection they called it “an intellectual treasure”. One of them, Mr. Quarrie said it was perfectly preserved since 1750 being an “intellectual capsule into the house that was time capsule itself”.

An important estimation moment was when Mr. Quarrie pulled down a book from the shelf: a fine illustrated Medieval manuscript hidden during the centuries and until now unknown to the scholars.

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