PRIVATE LIBRARIES OF PROVIDENCE, by Horatio Rogers - 1878 [1st Ed]


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PRIVATE LIBRARIES OF PROVIDENCE, by Horatio Rogers - 1878 [1st Ed] leatherbound

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Private Libraries of Providence, With a Preliminary Essay on the Love of Books


by Horatio Rogers

Introductory essay titled "On The Love Of Books" is followed by descriptions of the libraries and their books. Each library described is accompanied by a sketch, and a coat of arms bookplate where available. 255 pages. 7.75 x 8.75 inches.

There is a chapter devoted to the following:

  • The John Carter Brown Library
  • Mr. Joseph J. Cooke's Library
  • Hon. John R. Bartlett's Library
  • Mr. Royal C. Taft's Library
  • Mr. Alexander Farnum's Library
  • Mr. C. Fiske Harris Library
  • The Author's Own Library


First Edition, one of 250 printed and published by: Sidney S. Rider, Providence, RI. 1878

Hardback is overall in GOOD++ condition.

  • An aging book with moderate, gentle wear.
  • Half-bound in leather with marbled paper on the boards and pastedowns.
  • Gilt on spine is partly faded.
  • Edges are rubbed, with some exposed board particularly at corners and spine ends, and some splitting at 3 of 4 shoulders from ends.
  • Leather is a little dry with some cracking, and cover paper shows some scuffing.
  • Close examination of front hinge reveals some cracking.
  • Interior is free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Inside pages are age-toned with some scattered foxing, mostly limited to margins.
  • All illustrations appear to be present. (First photo of listing was darkened for better visibility and clarity on computer screen.)
  • Feps are notably toned with smudges, as are near pages.
  • ffep has pencil in top corner.
  • Head of text block sports bright gilt. Other edges are dusty and browned with age.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20170104

This book was written at a time when few libraries were available to the public. Seeing walls full of books was extraordinarily rare, even for the middle class.

Book excerpt: "Two or three years ago I wrote for a local newspaper a series of sketches of some of the private libraries of Providence. These sketches, due in some degree, perhaps, to their having been copied into The American Bibliopolist, attracted so much attention here and elsewhere, that I have consented to collect them and to permit a limited edition to be published in book form. During leisure moments all have been rewritten, several have been added, and an essay on the Love of Books included in the hope of contributing to the interest of the volume.

The sketches are merely suggestive, and are only intended to enable the reader to form a fairly accurate notion of the character and extent of the libraries described. It must not be inferred that all the works named in the different articles are, for that reason, supposed to be rare, or even scarce."

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Subject: Americana
Topic: Essays & Speeches
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Hardcover
Special Attributes: Luxury Edition
Publisher: Sidney S. Rider
Place of Publication: Providence RI
Year Printed: 18780000
Author: Horatio Rogers
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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