Catalogue of the American Library of the Late Mr. George Brinley, of Hartford, Conn.

Catalogue of the American Library of the Late Mr. George Brinley, of Hartford, Conn.

Item #26131

First three parts, of five. (New York: Leavitt), March 10-15, 1879; March 22-25, 1880; April 4- 8, 1881, octavo, each part rebound in three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards (viii), 306, (xii)pp.; (xvi), 200, (viii)pp.; (xii), (180), (viii)pp. 6,050 items. Printed price lists bound at front of each part. Brinley was one of the great collectors of Americana although "not possessing wealth, that excellent servant which lightens labor, Brinley was forced to use his head which also lightens labor, although not in the same degree...Brinley was the first of the great collectors to see that a book about Oregon was as true a piece of Americana as a Columbus letter, and that an American imprint has a special interest for American collectors. He broadened the field of collecting by despising nothing." Cannon, American Book Collectors, pp. 78-89. Ex-library University of George with bookplate, "From the Books of Louis Stone Moore...General Library, University of Georgia." Library rubber stamp on verso of front endpapers and of title pages, "Dup." notation in pencil on preliminary page. Front endpaper of volume three detached but present. Shelf numbers a bottom of spines.

Price: $125.00