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found to be in the most satisfactory condition. The reader is referred to the following lots viz. : 14 Adams' Works. 104 Bailey's Records of Patriotism. 150 Beloe's Sexagenarian. 190 Boaden's Shakespeare Portraits. 432 Colden's Life of Fulton. 504 Custis' Recollections of Washington. 579, 580, 587, 591, 592 and 593 Dibdin's Works. 623 Drake's History of Boston. 643 and 644 Dunlap's Works. 739 Francis' Old New York. 749 and 750 Franklin's Works. 767 Froissart's Chronicles. 794 Garden's American Anecdotes. 974 Hosack’s Life of Clinton. 1042 and 1043 Irving's Works and Life. 1562 Parton's Life of Jackson. 1670 Randall's Life of Jefferson. 1693 Riedesel's Memoirs. 1752 Sanderson's Lives of the Signers. 1759 Sargent's Life of André. 1740 Blennerhassett Papers. 1767 Schroeder's Life of Washington. 1776 Scott's Novels. 1802 Knight's Shakspere. 2030 Walpole's Painters. 2048 Warren's American Revolution.
Of Manuscripts the number is not large, but the importance of lot 2051 can scarcely be over-estimated; it is Washington's Correspondence with General Reed during the American Revolution; and includes Fifty-four original Autograph Letters of Washington, which form the subject of an extended notice in the catalogue to which the reader is referred. We take occasion to remark that the library is unusually rich in works pertaining to General Washington, there being nearly two hundred Eulogies and Orations relative to his memory, all in the finest condition and mostly uncut, all the editions of the Washingtoniana, &c., and a few books from his library. Second only in interest to lot 2051, is lot 2095 General Wayne's MS. Orderly Book. Lot 95 is a Collection of Autograph Letters of the Presidents of the United States. Lot 1573 is Original Autograph Letters written by the Friends and Relatives of Washington, on the Portrait painted by Rembrandt Peale. Lot 1824 is a remarkably fine series of Autograph Letters of the Signers to the Constitution of the U. S. Lot 96 is a series of Autographs of Distinguished Americans. There are also Autograph Chapters from Irving's Washington, Bancroft's History, and Dawson's Battles of the U. S., Major Rogers' Original MS. Diary of the Siege of Detroit, Dr. Franklin's own annotated copy of the Second Protest, Autographs for Freedom, and, though last not least, A Poem by Robert Burns in his own hand-writing. In addition to these, some of the volumes are enriched by inserted autograph letters and signatures ; Proud's Pennsylvania, Smith's New Jersey, and Greene's Life of Genl. Greene, are examples. There are also two fine and richly illuminated MSS. written on vellum during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries respectively.
There are three books enumerated in the catalogue, of which one copy only has been printed in the style described, viz., Laurens' Letters, Pouchot's Memoir, and the Poetry of New Netherland.
The attention of the American collector may perhaps be arrested by the
fact, that the most extensive, as well as the most important of the specialities which distinguish this remarkable collection, will be found in the assemblage of the books which relate to America — particularly to the British North American Colonies. We have elsewhere referred to some of the rarer and more curious works in which that department abounds, and would now remark, that there is scarcely an important work in English, claiming a place among the rare Americana, which may not be found in this fine library. Briefly, the collection of Americana has not been excelled in attractiveness or importance, by that of any other collection ever sold.
The condition of the books throughout, is all that the most exacting and tasteful collector can desire ; the slightest blemish was always a cause for rejection ; and as very nearly all of them are bound by the best English, French and American binders, including the names of Roger Payne, Bedford, Mackenzie, Hayday, Pratt, Lortic, Henderson & Bissett, David, Matthews, Bradstreet, and Smith, their state, internal and external, is unsurpassed by that of any other similar collection which has ever passed under our notice, or, of which we have any knowledge. This is high praise, but we know whereof we speak, and desire to create no impression concerning the books which will not be most amply borne out by the books themselves. The reader need be under no apprehension as to a too frequent use of the words scarce, rare, and most rare, &c., they have not been lightly considered, but express, according to the best of our knowledge and belief, the exact bibliographical status of the various works which are so described.
We cannot terminate this notice without expressing our acknowledgments to Mr. Menzies for his valuable assistance without which the catalogue would have fallen far short of its present completeness ; neither can we forbear to direct attention to its typographical beauty. Mr. Munsell has printed it from entirely new type, and the result, typographically speaking, is a catalogue which in point of taste as to style, and accuracy as to composition, has rarely been excelled by any production of a similar character. As to the other characteristics of the catalogue they must speak for themselves. For reasons which do not concern the public, Mr. Menzies has directed the collection to be sold at auction, at a time and place to be hereafter announced. As nothing short of an actual inspection can convey an adequate idea of its beauty of condition, and general desirability, it will be on view (by cards only), one week previous to the sale.
OF SOME OF THE UNCOMMON, SCARCE, RARE AND VALUABLE
BOOKS CONTAINED IN THIS CATALOGUE.
4. Acosta. Historie of the East and West Indies.
Lond. 1604. 5 Acrelius. Christian Subjects.
Franklin & Hall. Phil. 1756. 6 Acugna. Voyages and Discoveries in South America, Lond. 1698. 19 Adams. God's Eye on the Contrite.
Bost. 1685. 20 Ady. A Candle in the Dark.
Lond. 1756. 22 Aitken. (John the Painter.) Trial of.
[n.p.) 1777 23 Aitken. Short Account of the Motives of. Uncut. 29 Allen. Narrative of his Captivity. Orig. Ed. 32 Allen. Life of Philidor. Printed on Vellum.
Phil. 1863 42 Almon. The Remembrancer. 22 vols.
Lond. [v.d.] 57 Analectic Press Series. 5 vols. Uncut.
N. Y. 1872–73. 61 André. The Cow Chace. Orig. Ed. Uncut.
N. Y. 1780. 63 André. Trial of. Orig. Ed.
Phil. 1780. 74 Aquinas. Summa de Articulis &c. [John Gutenberg. Mog. 1460.] 75 Aquinas. Prima Pars Secunde.
Peter Schoiffer. Mog. 1471. 76 Argensola. Molucco and Philippine Islands.
Lond. 1708. 82 Ash and Rathband. Letter of Many Ministers.
Lond. 1682. 83 Ash. Present State of Carolina. 89 Audubon. Birds. 7 vols. First svo Ed.
N. Y. 1844. 90 Audubon. Quadrupeds. 3 vols. First 8vo Ed. Uncut. N. Y. 1854. 91 Augustinus. De Anima Ēt Spiritu.
[n.p.] 1472 94 Autographic Writings of Eminent Men.
[N. Y. 1864.] 95 Autograph Letters of the Presidents of the United States. 96 Autographs of Distinguished Americans. 100 Backus. Hist. of New England. 3 vols. Uncut.
Bost. 1804. 101 Backus. Church History of New England.
Bost. 1861. 111 Bancroft. History of the U. S. 8 vols. L. P. Uncut. 120 Barbour. Life and Acts of Robert Bruce.
Lond. 1768. 145 Beatty. Journal of a Tour. Orig. Ed. Uncut.
Lond. 1817. 150 Beloe. The Sexagenarian. 2 vols. Uncut. Illustrated. 152 Benson. Vindication of the Captors of André. Uncut. N. Y. 1817. 163 Beverley. History of Virginia.
Camb. 1861. 165 Bible. The Souldiers Pocket Bible. L. P. Uncut. 166 Bible. The Souldiers Pocket Bible. Printed on Vellum. Lond. 1862. 167 Bible. A Fragment.
Fust & Schoiffer. Mog. 1462.
Lond. 1661-67. 178 Bishop. New-England Judged. 3 Pts. Orig. Ed.