BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA. A CATALOGUE OF A VALUABLE COLLECTION OF BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, MANUSCRIPTS, MAPS, ENGRAVINGS, AND ENGRAVED PORTRAITS, ILLUSTRATING THE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE WEST INDIES, ALTOGETHER FORMING THE MOST EXTENSIVE COLLECTION EVER OFFERED FOR SALE.

London: John Russell Smith, 1865. 22cm. [2], [6pp. index], 308pp., plus [32]pp. list of publications or books for sale by J.R. Smith. Leather backed cloth, head of spine worn down to page edges, gilt stamped title on spine. Foxing to title page, some overall toning to text. This copy bears the ownership signature of W.B. Kelly, a book dealer in Dublin in the 1860s. The subsequent owner, Patrick Traynor was also a Dublin bookseller and affixes this note to the errata page on the verso of the title page: "Bought at the auction of my late friend and employer's stock, October 1877. Patk. Traynor, late Manager to W.B. Kelly of 8 Grafton St...."
Traynor had a reputation for "an exceptional knowledge of books," according to his obituary in the "Publishers' Circular and Booksellers' Record of British and Foreign Literature," [vol. lxxi, July-Dec. 1899]: "Professors from the different colleges, London booksellers, and book collectors have been know to listen to him for hours at a time and go away delighted with the conversation. He could talk about the insides as well as the outsides of his books, and was always most willing to give any information that he possessed about books." A wonderful association copy. Item #63368

Price: $125.00

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