Source : Sabin

Source Title Bibliotheca Americana
Description A Dictionary of Books relating to America, from its discovery to the present.
Scope of Text

Excerpts from "Prospectus": An alphabetical arrangement, under the names of authors, and, in the case of anonymous writers, under the most obvious subject. In the arrangement of the Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Dutch proper names, we followed the best authorities; but as these differ, we has made free use of Cross References, and remark, with Plutarch, "On the subject of names, however, the irregularity of custom, would we insist upon it, might furnish us with discourse enough."

Statement written by H.M.Lydenberg printed in Vol.XX: On the 5th of June, 1881, Joseph Sabin died in Brooklyn, and soon after his death a young Booklyn bookseller, aged twenty-six offered to continue the work carried on for the past fifteen years by Sabin. For the next decade Wilberforce Eames carried on this volunary task, with never a cent of financial reward as payment, seeing parts 83/4 of XIV through 115/116 of volume XX off the press from 1884, when the first appeared, until 1892. By that time increasing responsibilities had come on him. He had been made Librarian of the Lenox Library, and paid the penalty of all who try to add research to administrative duties. Help came from the Carnegie Institution of Washington with a grant (no. 343) of $3,600 for "completion" of the work, with the understanding that two years would suffice. Leonhard Felix Fuldbegan on June 15, 1906, and later was succeeded by Frederick C. Bursh, the principal part of their task being the whipping into shape for the printer the copy slips already on hand. With the end of the grant came an end to the work, and the Dictionary fell to sleep once more. In an effort to revive the dormant enterprise the American Library Association appointed a committee to try to begin work once more on the Dictionary. It organized on April 16, 1924, composed as follows: R. R. Bowker, Worthington C. Ford, Andrew Keogh, Azariah S. Root, J. w. Wyer, Jr., Victor Hugo Paltsits, Secretary, E. H. Anderson Chairman. The response to the quires sent by this committee indicated that the libraries of the country would support an effort to continue the Dictionary. On Dec. 27, 1924, the Carnegie Corporation granted the Bibliographical Society of America $7,500 as a revolving fund for publications, and the American Library Association on December 31, 1924, discharged its committee, with the understanding that the work would be undertaken by the Bibliographical Society. The latter on Jan. 17, 1925, appointed as a committee for this work, Andrew Keogh, Miss Isadore G. Mudge, Victor Hugo Paltsits, James I. Wyer, Jr., H. M. Lydenberg, Chairman.

Part 117 issued under these new auspices appeared on the 8th of August, 1927, and part 118, 119 and now 120 have followed as circumstance permitted. With part 120 is finished volume XX, and in explanation of the thirty-six years that separate the first and last parts of volume XX this statement seems not unfitting. All who have had anything to do with the work rejoice that Dr. Eames has been granted health and strength to continue his editing. May it be his good fate to supply for the last volume the Preface Joseph Sabin had in mind in 1868.

Total Records in AED 106729
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer. Scarce first UK edition (and true first) in the original cloth.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye. An iconic work of American literature.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Goethe, Faust: Ein Fragment. Rare first publication of Goethe’s masterpiece.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. First editions of Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire. Highspot of American theater.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Austen’s first published book.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman. A lovely copy, signed by the author.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jean de La Fontaine, Fables choisies. A tall paper copy of the famous Oudry edition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> John Milton, Paradise Lost. First illustrated edition of Milton’s masterpiece of English literature.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. Highspot of children’s illustrated books.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Offered here in exceptional condition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian. Most important work of American fiction from the 1980s.
  • <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Manuscripts
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Miniatures
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Early Printed Books
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Jason Master, Haarlem, c. 1475-80
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Boucicaut Master, Paris, c. 1415
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Rohan Master, probably Troyes, c. 1415-20
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Julius Caesar, De bello Gallico, manuscript on vellum, Milan, c. 1450-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Biblia Latina, Paris, 1476-77, first edition of the Vulgate printed in France
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Ludolph of Saxony, Vie du Christ, illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse, 1506-08
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b><br>King David, miniature on vellum, Bologna, c. 1470
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Christ calling St. Peter, miniature on vellum, by Pellegrino di Mariano Rossini, Siena, 1471
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Presentation in Temple, miniature on vellum, Nuremberg, c. 1490-1500
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Bible, illuminated in the <i>primo stile</i>, Bologna, c. 1250-70
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Valturio, De re militari, Verona 1483, first edition in Italian
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Celestial vision at Constantinople, single-leaf woodcut, Nuremberg,<br>c. 1490-91