Paul Quarrie

Continental Books & Illuminations

Paul Rogan Quarrie has been working in the field of rare Books for forty years, as librarian (notably at Eton College), lecturer at UCL, Senior Director of Sotheby’s Department of Books and Manuscripts, and now at Maggs. At Sotheby’s he dealt mostly with continental material, but also was involved in the sale of the Paul Leon Joyce collection to the National Library of Ireland. Primarily he worked from 1996 on the celebrated library of the earls of Macclesfield. He masterminded the dispersal of this celebrated collection, removed from Shirburn Castle, Watlington, beginning with the sale to CUL of the scientific archive in 2000 (primarily Newton papers) and encompassing 12 auction sales (2004-2008) apart from a number of private sales to the British Library, the Bodleian and other institutions in the USA and Europe of unique manuscript and very rare printed items, conducted by Maggs Bros.

Educated by the Jesuits and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he is the author of catalogues, reviews, essays on bibliographical topics, and a translation. Most recent publications are an essay on Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode in Libraries within a Library (The British Library, 2009), a translation with notes of an emblem book with Latin (and Greek) verses presented to Philip II of Spain by the English College of Valladolid in The Fruits of Exile edited, Rev. Peter Harris, Berta Cano Echevarria and Anna Saez Hidalgo (Valladolid: English College, 2010), and the editorship of the Everyman edition of Horace. At present he is engaged on a study of early eighteenth-century book collecting, and on a general work on the history of printing, as well as smaller undertakings.

He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of books and book collecting and has organised exhibitions at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York (1990), at Dulwich Picture Gallery (1991), at Eton, and in 2011 is engaged in an exhibition to commemmorate the Authorised Version of the Bible at Winchester College. He is at Maggs four days a week. In his spare time he is a keen cook and a devotee of Lieder and Chamber Music.

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