A CATALOGUE OF SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS AND DRAWINGS, by Harry Elkins Widener - 1910[Limited Ed.]

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A Catalogue of Some of the More Important Books, Manuscripts and Drawings in the Library of Harry Elkins Widener

by Harry Elkins Widener

Limited edition of 102 copies.  Philadelphia:  Privately Printed, 1910.  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Three-quarter leather bound covers in grey cloth and navy calf are ruled in gold.  Covers are mostly clean.   
  • Boards show a few smudges and stains, some edgewear.  Shoulders are tender at spine.  Corners are sharp, with some scuffing.  Please see photographs for details of condition.  
  • Spine has gilt text and is bright, with firm ends.
  • Binding is strong.  
  • Handmade paper endpapers show little to no sign of wear.   
  • Illustrations are bright and clear, with captioned tissue guards over plates.  
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges.  Top edge gilt.  
  • PS2022.0707

233 pages. 9.5 x 12 inches.

A handsome volume, printed on handmade Whatman's paper, produced in an edition of 102 copies, two of which were made on vellum.  This catalogue records part of the library of Harry Elkins Widener, the "more important books," as he says in his Preface, compiled at the recommendation of friends.  

Harry Elkins Widener (1885-1912) was the scion of a wealthy Philadelphia business family.  Educated at Harvard, he was a notable book collector from a young age, and a member of the Grolier Club.  He and his parents embarked on the RMS Titanic's first voyage; his mother and her maid were among those rescued, but Widener and his father both perished.  The Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University was established in his memory as a gift by his mother.

Printed in Philadelphia by Edward Stern & Co., Inc.  An unnumbered copy, as the edition note shows.

 


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