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fetched at auction are an indication of the appre sufficient warrant, the bindings in the British ciation the public has for them, as well as the fact Museum positively known to have been done at that each new one announced is eagerly sub Little Giddings being in leather or velvet, gold subscribed for by those who understand their tooled, none being embroidered. This beautiful beauty. Even the high publication prices asked binding, however, is dainty enough to have come for these volumes do not deter the real book-lover from the hands of Mary Collet herself. Just one from the desire for ownership.”
or two extracts from the text must be chosen to Mr. Andrews has just published a new volume show how thoroughly Mr. Andrews appeals to the -his fourteenth book-"Sextodecimos et Infra,” true book-lover. For instance: which is, perhaps, the most beautifully illustrated
“The charm for a lover of books which lurks in of them all. Mr. North says: “Mr. Andrews does even the purely descriptive portions of a booknot hesitate to spend money lavishly on the illus
seller's catalogue.” trations of these books, and frequently issues them
"It is one of those charming bits of book-making
within and without that occur but rarely, and in at cost, because in the progress of the work he be
comparison with which all the treasures of the comes more and more interested in perfection, and mines of Golconda are but dross in the mind of the insists upon it, rather than that he should make true bibliophile." any money by their publication." The illustra "Despite the array of numerals to denote sizes, tions in “Sextodecimos, etc.,” are all reproductions
dates and prices which the columns of a second
hand bookseller's catalogue present * * * it in the exact size, of bindings, frontispieces and
is not necessarily the dull and monotonous readtitle pages of the books described in the text. ing that might be imagined by the uninitiated. A That the text itself will be found most fascinating deal of entertainment as well as information is to all readers of Mr. Andrews' previous books will be derived from the perusal of catalogues, * * * understand, and it would be impossible to say too
Bibliomaniacs have been known to become catamuch of the beauty of the illustrations, many of logue crazy, and to find more delight in conning
and thumbing them over than they were able to which are in colors and gold. So well are these extract from any other variety of mental pabubindings reproduced that even the difference in lum." the grain of the leather is made very apparent. It will be of interest to readers to have added The very title page of “Sextodecimos” is one of here a bibliography of Mr. Andrews' books which the most delightful imaginable; containing, as it is taken in great part for "Sextodecimos" itself, does, a reproduction of the binding of “The Lon but to which some of the prices realized at recent don Almanack for the Year of Christ 1796," a little auctions have been added, as showing their repocket calendar 2%2X14 inches in size. This markable increase over subscription prices. The beautiful bit of binding, which is reproduced in present book is a fine specimen of the Gillis' the original colors, might, Mr. Andrews says, Press, and besides the great beauty of its illustra"have been the property once in a time, of 'that tions has a white and gold cover, in perfect historic dandy, Beau Brummel, or one of his com harmony with the book itself. panion fops and beaus of the time of George IV.
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE ANDREWS BOOKS. This midget of a book is bound in red morocco,
A Choice Collection of Books from the Aldine inlaid with blue and white leathers, and is inter
Presses, in the Possession of with a Short esting as a specimen in ‘forma minima’ of an Eng Introductory Account of the Aldus Family, taken lish eighteenth century mosaic binding."
mostly from Horne's Introduction to Bibliography. In the compass of a short review it is only pos
New York: De Vinne Press. Privately printed. sible to glance at one or two things out of the
1885. 8vo, pp. 23. Two illustrations, Bierstadt
process. Edition 50 copies. Holland paper, numwealth of detail one would wish to linger over.
bered and signed. Not published for sale. BierEvery illustration is a temptation to the book stadt copy sold for $27. lover, but where all are so unusually perfect, it is Roger Payne and His Art; a Short Account of only possible to call attention to one or two; for His Life and Work as a Binder. By William instance, to the silver binding on the “Rosengart. Loring Andrews. New York: De Vinne Press. lein," Cologne, 1651, a little prayer book bound in
1892. 8vo, pp. 36. Edition, 120 copies Holland
paper, 10 Japan paper. Eleven illustrations, Bierrepousse silver, "wherein are planted beautiful
stadt process, ten of which are in colors and gold. morning and evening prayers.” This is an almost Subscription price, $5 and $10.
Bierstadt copy perfect specimen of the silversmith’s art in bind (Holland paper), $30; Irving Browne copy (Holing; the rose motive being followed not only land paper), $25. in the binding, but on the gauffered edges as well,
Jean Grolier de Servier, Viscount d'Aguisy;
Some Account of His Life and of His Famous the harmony between the book and its binding
Library. By William Loring Andrews. New being complete. There is also a beautiful crimson
York: The De Vinne Press. 1892. Pot quarto, velvet binding embroidered with silver threads,
Fourteen illustrations, Bierstadt process, which is attributed to the puns of Little Gid and electrotypes, eleven of which are in colors and dings; but Mr. Andrews thinks this is without gold. Edition, 140 copies hand-made paper, 10
Japan paper. Subscription price, $10 and $15. characters to be found in various English and Bierstadt copy (Japan), $44. Cox copy (hand American publications of the 18th and the early made paper), $27.
part of the 19th century. Illustrated with reproThe Bradford Map. The City of New York at
ductions by the photogravure process of 20 of the the Time of the Granting of the Montgomery original engravings. N. Y. Printed by Gillis Bros. Charter; a description thereof, compiled by Will for the author and sold by Dodd, Mead & Co. iam Loring Andrews, to accompany a facsimile of 1896. Royal octavo, pp. 100, 20 illustrations, phoan actual survey made by James Lyne and printed togravures of original engravings. Edition, 185 by William Bradford in 1731. New York: De copies on hand made paper, 15 Japan. SubscripVinne Press. 1893. Pot quarto, pp. 115. Fifty
tion price, $10 and $20. Bierstadt copy, handillustrations, eleven of which are Bierstadt full
made paper, $13. page artotypes and thirty-nine electrotypes in the The Journey of the Iconophiles Around New text. Edition, 142 copies plate paper, 10 Japan York in Search of the Historical and Picturesque. paper. Subscription price, $10 and $15. Bier Printed at New York in the Year of Our Lord stadt copy (Japan), presentation, $44.
Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-seven and of the (plate paper), $23.
Discovery of the Island of Manhattan by Hendrik
Hudson the Two Hundred and Eighty-eighth.
The Gillis Press. Royal Octavo, pp.47, one illusFrom wasting woes! What balm from care!
tration, view of the Battery, New York, in 1793. If ills appall or clouds hang low
full-page engraving on copper by E. D. French And drooping, dim the fleeting show,
Edition, 87 copies, Japan paper, 6 hand-made I revel still in visions rare, At will I breathe the classic air,
paper. Subscription price, $4. Written to acThe wanderings of Ulysses share,
company the 12 views of New York City which Or see the plume of Bayard flow
compose the first series of the publications of the Among my books.
Society of the Iconophiles, the subscription price
of which was $24. Whatever face the world may wear If Lilian has no smile to spare,
A Prospect of the Colledges in Cambridge, in For others let her beauty blow,
New England. Engraved by William Burgis in Such favors I can well forego;
1726. The Description Compiled by William Perchance forget the frowning fair
Loring Andrews. New York: Published and for Among my books. ---Samuel Minturn Peck,
sale by Dodd, Mead & Co. 1897. The Gillis Pripted for William Loring Andrews. New
Press. Large octavo, pp. 38. 6 photogravure York: The De Vinne Press. 1894. Crown 8vo,
illustrations, one a folding plate. Edition, 155
copies hand-made paper, 25 copies Japan paper. pp. 32. Twenty-seven full-page illustrations, 13 of which are artotypes—four in color—and 14
Subscription price, $7.50 and $15. electrot y pes. Edition, 2 copies vellum, 10 Japan,
New Amsterdam, New Orange, New York: A 38 Holland paper Not published for sale. Bier
Chronologically Arranged Account of Engraved stadt copy (presentation), $49.
Views of the City from the First Picture Pub
lished in 1651, until the Year 1800. By William A Stray Leaf from the Correspondence of Wash
Loring Andrews. New York: Published and for ington Irving and Charles Dickens. By William
sale by Dodd, Mead & Co. Anno Domini 1897. Loring Andrews. New York: De Vinne Press.
The Gillis Press. Octavo, pp. 142, 45 illustra1894. Embellished with engravings on copper
tions, viz., 3 photo-engravings in color, 31 photoand zinc. Square 8vo, pp. 40. Seven illustrations, five electrotypes and two engravings on
gravures on copper, 3 photogravures on gelatine
in color, 7 headbands, 7 initial letters, 7 tailpieces copper, by Edwin Doris French. Edition, 77
and "Lives to the Reader" engraved on copper by copies, all on Japan paper. Subscription price,
E. D. French. Edition, 170 copies American $5. Bierstadt copy, $30; Cox copy, $31.
hand-made paper, 30 Japan, with extra impresA Short Historical Sketch of the Art of Book
sions of the engravings on copper by E. D. binding. By William Loring Andrews. With a French. Subscription price, $15 and $50. Cox Description of the Prominent Styles by William
copy (Japan paper), $77-50. Irving Browne copy Matthews. New York. 1895. Small square 8vo, (hand-made paper), record price, $45. Has also Pf. 51. Six illustrations, half tones. Edition, 50
brought $36 and $38 at recent auctions. copies Japan paper. Subscription price, $1. Bierstadt copy, $19.
Fragments of American History: Illustrated
Solely by the Works of Those of Our Own EnThe Old Booksellers of New York, and Other
gravers Who Flourished in the 18th Century. Papers. By William Loring Andrews. New
Privately printed for William Loring Andrews. York: The Gillis Press. 1895. Octavo, pp. 84, New York: Gillis Press. 1898. Small octavo, three illustrations, full-page engravings on cop pp. 69, 18 illustrations, 4 in colors, reproductions per, by E. D. French; also head and tail pieces of the original engravings by various photo-reproand initial letters from designs by the same artist; ductive processes, mostly photogravures. Edition, edition 132 copies hand-made paper, 10 Japan 80 copies American hand-made paper, 30 on paper. Subscription price, $7.50 and $20.
Japan. Subscription price, $12.50 and $15. Cox An Essay on the Portraiture of the American copy (Japan), $21. Irving Browne copy (handRevolutionary War: Being an Account of a Num made). $18. ber of the Engraved Portraits Connected There Sextodecimos et Infra. William Loring Anwith Remarkable for Their Rarity or Other drews. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, wise Interesting. By William Loring An Anno Domini 1899. New York: The Gillis Press. drews. To which is added appendix Small octavo, pp. 117, 26 illustrations in photocontaining lists of portraits of Revolutionary gravure, 25 of wbich are of the same size as origi
nal, and 14 of which are in gold and colors. Edi- graphical Society. The name of a well-known tion 142 copies on English hand-made paper, 10 New York collector will be found in the list of Japan paper. Subscription price, $10 and $20.
subscribers, and a fourth copy is in the possession
of the present writer. IMPORTANT ADDITIONS.
Of course the 300 books described are but a Three Hundred Notable Books Added Recently to the
small portion of the volumes added to the library
of the British Museum during Dr. Garnett's KeepBritish Museum.
ership. On Monday, the 20th of March, 1899, Dr. Rich The editors, in their preface, state "that a ard Garnett resigned the office of Keeper of the Keeper's purchases are dictated not only by opPrinted Books in the British Museum, which he portunity and his own tastes, but by what his had held since 1890, having previously been con predecessors and the great benefactors of the nected with the reading room of that institution museum have left for him to do. As this list will for about forty years. His associates, many of show, Dr. Garnett has been able to enhance the whom were also fellow-members of Dr. Garnett prestige of the museum collections, even when in the Biographical Society, of which he is an ex they were richest, aud to bring at least one of the President, determined to prepare some sort of a less flourishing sections, that of early Spanish testimonial in recognition of his long years of ser books, to the level of the rest, the editor can vice. This finally took the form of an illustrated wish no better fortune to the museum library descriptive catalogue of 300 rare books added to than that future Keepers may attain as much the library during Dr. Garnett's Keepership, the success." The most valuable feature in the catavolunie being a distinctly valuable addition to logue is not so much the transcripts of the title bibliographical knowledge.
pages, interesting as these are, but the biblioThe editors of this book, one of whom, Alfred graphical knowledge contained in the notes, in W. Pollard, is a British Museum man and the Sec smaller type, printed below each transcription. retary of the Bibliographical Society, had ex The catalogue is divided into sections, taking pected to prepare it at their leisure during the up separately, and in due chronological order, present year, but having decided to present an English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and advance copy of the work to Dr. Garnett on the miscellaneous books. day bis resignation took effect, the catalogue The English is the longest and most important, had to be written, printed, and illustrated within and contains the fullest and most interesting notes. less than ten weeks. The book, however, which Dr. Garnett has been able to add to the early is beautifully printed by the Constables on hand printed books of the museum library five Caxtons, made paper, shows no evidence of haste, and is thirteen volumes printed by Wynkyn de Worde, remarkably attractive in all its details. The fron and seven by Pynson. Among the Caxtons will tispiece is an etched portrait of Dr. Garnett by be found "Curia Sapientiæ," a poem containing,
, William Strong, and the book has a very striking, descriptions of plants, fishes, birds, beasts, and a rubricated title page, with a monogram coniposed general survey of the arts and sciences. The book of Dr. Garnett's initials in its centre, which was is without place, date, or name of printer, but is designed by Laurence Housman. The monogram printed in Caxton type, 4, and is probably asalso appears in gold on the book's front cover, be signed to the year 1481. This copy is quite pering remarkably effective on the faded green of its fect, having the two blank leaves at the end, and binding. The volume contains sixty illustrations, came from the Maurice Johnson collection. The fac-similes of cuts, initials, title pages, capitals, second' Caxton is an edition of "Cato," the third colophons, etc.; 250 copies have been printed, 50 edition printed by Caxton, and the first in folio, of which were for presentation, a list of the sub- it having been a favorite schoolbook in the Midscribers for the remaining copies being printed at dle Ages. "This edition is the first book in which the end of the volume.
Caxton used printed signatures, and the first Dr. Garnett's work in literature is too well English book containing wood-cut illustrations.' known to need any reference here, and all who There is neither place, date, nor name of printer have come in contact with him at the British in this book, but it is in Caxton types 2 and 3, Museum have spoken in the highest terms of his and was probably printed in 1481; only two other scholarship and courtesy. The cost of preparing copies are known to exist. The third Caxton the volume is said to have been about $1,000, the "Sex Epistole,” is the earliest known separate editors giving their labor and the printers estimat publication of diplomatic correspondence. The ing their work at cost. It is thought that less book was probably printed in 1483, and the presthan half a dozen copies have come to America, ent copy is supposed to be unique. It was purone having been presented to the Grolier Club chased from the Hecht-Heine Library, at Halbenand one to the American Secretary of the Biblio stodt, in April, 1890. "The Doctrinal of Sapience,"
the fourth Caxton, is one of eleven known copies, tion; "Sartor Resart us,” in three books, reprinted the one in the library at Windsor Castle being on for friends from Fraser's Magazine, London, 1834; vellum. This was formerly the Ashburnham the first edition in book form of Carlyle's great copy, and has two leaves in fac-simile. The last work, of which a few copies only were privately Caxton, "Profits of Tribulation," is in Caxton issued. There is also a first edition of Hawtype 6, about 1490, and is one of five known thorne's "Fanshaw," Boston, 1828, which is copies, the present copy, which is perfect in all believed to be the only copy in England. details, having been purchased at the third Ash Here, too, will be found
Stevensons, burnham sale in 1898.
including the "Pentland Rising," "The Charity Ten of the thirteen books printed by Wynkyn Bazaar,” several of the Davos Platz books, and, de Worde, Garnett purchased from the Maurice rarest of them all, the Sydney "Father Damien.” Johnson Collection in 1898. The "Sarum Hora" Among the Tennysons are "Epid and Nimue," lacks 13 leaves, but is said to be one of two known London, 1857, the only surviving one of six trial copies, the other being in the library of Saulis- copies, with Tennyson's autograph corrections, bury Cathedral. The 17th century books in the and a trial copy of the “Enoch Arden” volEnglish section are full of interest, and include umes, with a title page reading "Idylls of the Izaak Walton's "Prayer Book,” folio, 1639, in Hearth, London, 1864." Another interesting book which will be found interesting manuscript is a copy of the first edition of Leigh Hunt's "The entries of the births and deaths in his family, Religion of the Heart," with autograph additions including the following, which is a transcript from and corrections in Hunt's writing and a slightly the epitaph on Ann Walton's tombstone: "Here altered title, all having been prepared for a lies buried so much as could die of Ann, the wife second edition. of Izaak Walton, who was a woman of remarkable Where so many interesting items are to be prudence and of the primitive piety. Her great found, the temptation is strong to give innumerand generall knowledg being adorned with such able quotations, but so much attention has been trew Humilitie, and blessed with so much Chris- given to the English section (although but a taste tian meikness, as made her worthy of a more of its many rarities has been offered) that it is memorable monument. She dyed (alas! alas! that only possible to state that the other sections are she is ded), April 17th, 1662.”
correspondingly rich, without specifying partic"The Whole Book of Psalms," London, 1633, is ular instances. in an extremely well preserved embroidered bind The catalogue having been printed for private ing, and is said to have belonged to Mrs. Osborn, circulation only among subscribers, it is, of course, maid of honor to Queen Henrietta. The volume entirely of an unofficial character. It contains has a bookmark, with a picture of Charles I. and pages viii, plus 184, including, besides the body the inscription "From Prison Bring Your Captive of the book, a preface, index and list of subscribKing." With this volume is included the em ers.
The book is well bound in half morocco, was broidered bag in which the book was carried to issued at £i is., and is a volume its fortunate church.
possessors are greatly to be envied their ownerAnother very interesting volume in the same ship, the very limited edition greatly circumscribsection is "The Little Gidding Harmony," with ing its circulation. title in manuscript, and a long descriptive note on the flyleaf, under a book-plate of John Collet. This note states that the book was made and
TWO RARE BOOKS MR. VANDERBILT OWNED. bound by Mrs. Mary Collet; was to be kept in The newspapers that chronicled the death of the family as an heirloom, and that only two other Cornelius Vanderbilt gave no description of his copies had been compiled, one of which was given library, though they told of his great love for to Charles I. when he paid a visit to the monas books. Nevertheless Mr. Vanderbilt's collection tery, and the second to Charles II. at the time of should be classed among the precious things he the Restoration. The museum copy is in the died possessed of. The real bibliographical imporcurious original binding of orange vellum, with tance of the library is not known, but most collecwhite overlays.
tors have long been aware that it contained many The 18th and 19th century books in the Eng- books of great rarity and value, anong them a perlish section are also most interesting, including, fect and superb copy of the “Bay Psalm Book,” among other rarities, a volume of Blake's "Poeti the first book printed in the United States, and a cal Sketches,” London, 1782; the first American fine copy of Eliot's Indian Bible of 1685. The edition of Burns, “Philadelphia," 1788; early latter was once in the possession of the famous Landors and Shelleys; "The Gownsman," one of theologian Jonathan Edwards, who was missionary the magazines conducted by Thackeray while at to the Stockbridge Indians from 1751 to 1757 and Cambridge; Emerson's "Nature,” in the first edi President of the College of New Jersey in 1757-8.
Later the Bible was owned by George Brinley,
AUGUSTIN DALY'S LIBRARY. and when the third part of his collection was sold It was generally known that Mr. Daly had a in New York in 1881 it was No. 6,684 in the cata remarkable dramatic library, and so he had. His logue and was purchased for Mr. Vanderbilt for
general library was even more so. In fact, he had $550. Its present value is, of course, much more. an ideal library, well-nigh filling all the rooms of
Mr. Vanderbilt's “Bay Psalm Book” is one of his residence from the basement to the top floor; the four perfect copies that are known, only six room after room was filled with treasures in literaothers being in existence, all of them imperfect. ture, all arranged with care, and each class had its Of the other perfect copies the Lenox Library has own place in this wonderful library, which, posone, the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England, an- sibly for its unusual variety, easily ranks it as other and the John Carter Brown Library, Provi- being the grandest this country has ever seen. dence, R. I., the third. The Brown copy of this Rest with Mr. Daly was unknown; he was a metrical version of the Psalms, which Stephen thorough worker, and a hard worker, too, at that, Day printed in Cambridge, Mass., in 1640, is per from early morning till late at night. Everything haps the most important of the four, as it once be he undertook was done with a thoroughness never longed to Richard Mather, one of the compil- excelled, excepting with remarkably busy men. ers, but the Vanderbilt copy ranks second among Mr. Daly knew his books well, read them and the four. At one time it was in the New England loved them for their contents and associations. Library of the Rev. Thomas Prince, pastor of the His library was a representative one of every. old South Church in Boston, and the first Ameri- thing that was good and of value, and selected can to collect books. There it should have re
with the care and judgment that with Mr. Daly mained, for Prince left his library to the church, were characteristic of the man. but the careless, not to say dishonest, trustees, In a brief paper, as this necessarily is, much who allowed a number of Prince's best books to cannot be written of Mr. Daly's library save a pass into other hands, made an exchange with panoramic view of some of its principal contents. Edward A. Crowninshield of Boston, and the The Douai Bible, in forty-two folio volumes, with "Bay Psalm Book” came to Henry Stevens after eight thousand prints, each volume containing Crowninshield's death.
specially prepared title pages, on each of which The book was in the original vellum binding. was a different water color by Eugene Grivaz, the Stevens offered it to the British Museum for £150 noted French aquarellist, representing some Bible but after a stupid delay on the part of the keeper scene in that particular volume; this Bible was of the printed books Stevens withdrew the book the monument of Mr. Daly's library. and bad Francis Bedford bind it in dark brown Mr. Daly always believed that magazines reprecrushed levant morocco. In 1868 he took it to the
sented the growth and true history of the counUnited States and sold it to the more appreciative try they belonged to, and his library, therefore, Brinley for 150 guineas. At the first Brinley contained complete sets of Harper's, Century and sale, in 1879, the book, No. 847 in the catalogue, Scribner's Magazines, Harper's Weekly, as well as was secured for Mr. Vanderbilt for $1,200-about a complete file of the N. Y. Herald, excepting the one-third of its present value.
As Stevens re first 12 volumes; also the London Graphic, Illusmarked in 1886 in his "Recollections of James trated London News, Black and White, Dramatic Lenox," the British Museum still lacks the first News, Punch, and some of the principal illustrated book printed in New England. In 1899 it is still
papers of France and Germany. among the books it would like to have. But it
"Battles and Leaders of the Civil War," origimight have had it forty years ago for £150. Now nally in four volumes and extended to 25 volumes the same volume could not be secured for $4,000. by the insertion of over 2,000 portraits and auto
graph titles of all of the leaders of the rebellion, “Don't get discouraged, my boy,” said the pub- autograph letters of all of the great Generals of
cost Mr. Daly $5,000, and is particularly rich in lisher, patronizingly; "there will always be a de
both sides. The letters written by General Grant mand for good literature." "I was afraid the de
are numerous, interesting, and of great value. mand for it was dying out," replied the high
The frontispiece of each volume represents the browed youth. "Not a bit of it-not a bit of it. There will never be a time when magazines are so
great Generals on each side.
At this time, when anything pertaining to New crowded with advertisements that they won't
York is so eagerly sought for, this was anticipated have space for a few stories and poems and
by Mr. Daly in the numerous volunies of various things.
sizes which he collected and called "Old New "Why, you naughty boy, what made you tear
York," and containing a magnificent collection of up your new picture-book?" "Well - boo-hoo - prints of New York and vicinity from the earliest why does it say on it 'indestructible picture book'?" period to about the year 1850. To-day this could