Mr. Andrews reports that Sabin’s sales for the period 1864 to 1874 totaled more than a million dollars and that he too was an important source of material for the great collectors of the day. And while “Americana” was his strength he also sold Shakespeare’s first folios as well as “early Chaucers, Miltons, Ben Jonsons, Spensers and Drydens.”
He also published the Bibliopolist: A Literary Register and repository of Notes and Queries, etc. that was begun in 1869 and continued to be published until 1877.
Mr. Bradburn early on sold books to captains and sailors on the New York docks, an apparently more literary audience than those of us who remember On The Waterfront were led to believe, particularly as his specialties were law, theology and medical books. In the early 1850s he set up shop at the corner of Ann and Nassau Streets and continued there until he retired in 1868. As he earned income he traded it for building lots near Central Park and Fifth Avenue, the equivalent of trading copies of daily newspapers for Columbus Letters and evidence that he was very smart and capable of earning money both directly and indirectly from books.
Next, where first Mr. Andrews throws bouquets he now throws single roses to a group of dealers that he wishes to remember if not so much write about. They are T. H. Morrell, Timothy Reeve, Allan Ebbs, C. S. Francis, C. B. Richardson, John Wiley and Son, Jimmy Lawlor, M’Elrath and Bangs, Calvan Blanchard, Samuel Rayner, Charles B. Norton, and John Doyle. If the first two sections are substantial pieces of a potential bibliographical puzzle this final section provides only casual and circumstantial detail that may intrigue but won’t enlighten.