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HE intelligent and diligent book-buyer will need but little incentive to a perusal of this catalogue, for the reputation of Mr. William Menzies as a collector, who, to a ripened judgment unites a fastidious taste, is so extensive, that it is almost superfluous to attempt a description of his grand and probably unrivalled collection of books.
It is much more than a collection, it is a library in every sense of the term; for in the departments to which it is devoted it is replete with the best editions of the best authors, in the very best condition, selected and purchased from time to time, without regard to cost, during a period of nearly forty years.
It has been at once our occupation and privilege, during the last five and twenty years, to compile many catalogues, some of which, from the nature and extent of the libraries catalogued, possess considerable bibliographical interest, but we have never, until now, had the pleasure of preparing a catalogue in which almost every book possesses special importance, and we might with propriety terminate this notice by remarking, that where all the books are good, it seems invidious to make a selection, but, as this catalogue will circulate among many buyers whose engagements are numerous, and whose time is limited, we have thought it worth while to group in a succinct preliminary notice some of the leading specialities.
The department of Early Printed Books merits attention as containing some fine specimens by the inventors of Printing. The specimens of American Typography include some of the rarest of the books in this catalogue. Among them lot Eliot's Bible, which, in addition to its claim as the first Bible printed in America, is worthy of distinction as being one of the finest copies in existence.
Lot besid I The alphabetical list of the rare books which follows this notice was prepared for another pu but is reprinted for its convenience as to their order in the catalogue. Lot 51 I, by John Norton,is almost equally rare and interesting.
Lot is conspicuous as the first book printed in Pennsylvania and is believed to be unique. Lot I is the first book printed in New York, and the only known copy. Lot is the first book printed in Boston. Lot is the first book printed in Connecticut.
Of books printed by William Bradford, the first printer in the middle colonies, there are nearly 50 titles, many of which are properly included in the following list of rare books.
Benjamin Franklin, the printer, is represented by upward of 20 titles, including an uncut copy of his chef d'euvre, Cicero's Cato Major, and others equally rare. Sower, of Germantown battle-ground renown, is represented by several titles, so also is John P.
Zenger, the successor to William Bradford. Of Printing on Vellum, we have specimens of two of the only three works known to have been so printed in the United States; several Heures on vellum, printed in Paris, are here worthy of mention, as also is lot Turnbull's Birds of Pennsylvania, which is one of the most beautiful specimens of modern printing on vellum that we have ever seen.
It is scarcely necessary to remark that the zealous collector is always desirous of obtaining uncut copies of his favorite works, particularly of such as have generally fallen victims to the bookbinder's plough, in this special field Mr. Menzies has been more than ordinarily successful, for the library abounds in uncut copies many of which may be regarded as almost unique, and none of them as common.
We content ourselves with a brief enumeration of some of their titles, viz. Among the more modern, but almost equally rare works, is a series of the books printed by Mr.
George Wymberley-Jones, at Wormsloe. A set of Munsell's Historical Series on large paper, the only one ever offered for sale. Menzies' predilection for the literature of Scotland will be conspicuousiy apparent in the editions of Burns. We are acquainted with no other catalogue in which may be found the Kilmarnock, the first Edinburgh, the first London, and the first two American editions; while the set of Scott's Novels is exceptionally fine, and unique.
T'he department of Bibliography, though not extensive, is nevertheless replete with the best English, French and American authors.In the late 19th century, the little that was known of Jacob Steendam was due to the research of Henry Cruse Murphy, who, when he was United States minister to The Hague, discovered some poems written by Steendam on New Amsterdam, and had them printed with an English version in the same metre.
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