[John Burton Rondeau of Salford, Manchester book collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J B Rondeau') to a bookseller, explaining how he made purchases from the Bindon Blood and Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe collections.

J. B. Rondeau [John Burton Rondeau] (1825-1862) of Salford, book collector [James Crossley; Cheetham's Library, Manchester; Bindon Blood; Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe; Bernard Quaritch, bookseller]
Publication details: 
17 July 1858. No place. [Salford or Manchester?]
SKU: 22301

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Heavily aged, worn and creased, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. There is no salutation. The letter begins: 'It is impossible to make the best selection, out of 11 vols which I gave Quaritch, £8. for, from the Bindon Blood Collection, and 3 thick vols, collected by the very well known Collector Chas. Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Edinbro'. I bought from Upham & Beet for £4. nett so many curious amongst the above vols.' He hopes some of these volumes will be useful to the recipient, 'now, and already before sent'. He ends: I sent your last Catalogue to a Gentleman editor of one of our Manchester papers.' W. E. Axon's 'Annals of Manchester' (1886) notes that 'Mr John Burton Rondeau died, in reduced circumstances, at Manchester, October 10 [1862], aged 37. He was an indefatigable collector of curios and scarce books and tracts, and wrote some biographical papers and communications. Most of his collection passed into the hands of Mr James Crossley, and were dispersed at the sale of the Crossley Library.'