Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785–1861).
Catalogue of the Library at Eshton Hall, in the County of York.
By Robert Triphook
Frances Mary Richardson Currer built a library that placed her, in Dibdin’s words, “at THE HEAD of all female Collectors in Europe” (Reminiscences, 2:949). She greatly expanded the collection she inherited and published this catalogue for private distribution in 1820 and another in 1833. This copy bears a presentation inscription and includes additions in manuscript. Miss Currer hoped her library would remain at Eshton Hall but much of it was sold at auction in 1862. All three Currer catalogues, as well as some of her books, fit in quite nicely among the books about books I had acquired over the years with Richard Landon.