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date: 19 November 2019

Hoe, Robertlocked

(b New York, March 10, 1839; d London, Sept 22, 1909).
  • Jacqueline Colliss Harvey


(b New York, March 10, 1839; d London, Sept 22, 1909).

American collector. He was the grandson of Robert Hoe, the manufacturer of printing machines and presses, who had made a fortune after emigrating to America. Hoe entered the family firm in 1856 and became its director in 1886. His thorough understanding of the printing business was allied to a love of books and an expert knowledge of the history of printing, on which he wrote and published various works.

Hoe’s collection included illuminated manuscripts, among them a 13th-century Book of Hours, and a large number of early printed books, including a first edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (1616) and of the Comedies and Tragedies of Francis Beaumont (1647) and a folio first edition of the works of John Donne, which had belonged to Samuel Johnson. He was also a collector of fine bindings and owned a Procopius of 1509 from the library of Thomas Maioli, 11 examples of bindings from the library of ...

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Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1928–)