George Offor (1787–1864) was born at No. 3, Postern Row, Tower Hill, England, where his father (George Offor, Sr.) was a book-seller. He trusted in Jesus as his savior very early in life and was a Baptist . He began his own business selling old books, and he became proficient in obtaining rare books for clients. He was a literary editor, bibliographer, and prodigious book collector. He was employed in many government offices and was on many boards. He was the principal agent in formation of East London Auxiliary Sunday School Union. After his death, his huge collection was to be auctioned at Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, in London, on the 27th of June, 1865, for 10 days. A catalogue of the auction was published. Sadly, there was a fire was on the 29th of June. Some 500 of the rare editions of John Bunyan’s works were scheduled for sale on the 5th day. The damage was thought to be extensive.
SOTHEBY, WILKINSON, & HODGE, Auctioneers of Literary Property and Works illustrative of the Fine Arts, will SELL by AUCTION, at their House. No. 13 (late 3), Wellington Street, Strand, W.C., on TUESDAY, June 27, and ten following days, at 1 o'clock precisely, the Important and Valuable LIBRARY of the late GEORGE OFFOR, Esq., of Grove House, Hackney; comprising rare Early Versions of the Holy Scriptures, including the most extensive Series of English Bibles, Psalters, and Testaments ever offered for Sale—numerous Editions of the Liturgies of Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches—Works of the Fathers, Medieval Writers, Reformers, Puritans, and Quakers—a remarkable Series of the Production of John Bunyan—beautifully Illuminated Horae and other Manuscripts, of considerable interest, including a very Early Copy of the Epistles and Gospels in English—Rare Productions from the Presses of Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde, Pynson, and other English Printers—Books written by Dissenters of all Denominations—and Standard Works in General Literature.
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